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User Name Thread Name Subject Posted BA Dissertation: Folk for social change! (33) RE: BA Dissertation: Folk for social change! 11 Mar 99

Don, I couldn't agree with you more. Also, there must be a reason why right-wing songwriters are very few and very shortlived. We had one in Germany a few years ago - all he got was gigs at right-wing party conferences, and he has vanished without a trace since.

Allow me to go back to the 'Nazi' topic. I have no personal experience of the Nazi years (incidentally, I was born in 1954), but I've read quite a lot on them, and I've gone round and asked people 'How could you not see the true nature of that man and that ideology?' I think music played a big part in it, and for me, there is a scene in the film 'Cabaret' that captures the Nazis' use of music and the allure of their songs perfectly. Anyone who's seen the film will know what I mean.

Incidentally, a couple of years ago I was staying in Berlin and travelling on the Underground when a young man with a guitar (and an American accent) jumped in and proceeded to sing this very song from 'Cabaret'. I took him for a busker and was about to ask him did he know where the song came from when we reached the next station, he gave a brief Nazi salute, jumped out and was gone. Boy, was I glad I didn't ask!

Sorry if this isn't overly helpful to Cathy. The thread just reminded me of it. It sure did send a shiver up my back!

Cathy, I'd second the suggestion to take a look at the CND. Ailie Munro, 'The Democratic Muse. Folk Music Revival in Scotland' has a chapter on the Scottish movement. In Germany, songs were used extensively in the fight against the South German nuclear power station at Wyhl because they had a very gifted songwriter in their ranks, Walter Mossmann. Otherwise, I don't know that songs played a big role in social movements over here. - All the best for your big work! Susanne

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