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Thread #12277   Message #2528334
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
31-Dec-08 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Music: Police and Striking Miners
The thing was that it was a far from clear cut dispute. I lived pretty much in the eye of the storm in a Nottinghamshire mining village at the time. I still live there - only theres no miners nowadays. That year and a bit, we had coppers patrolling our streets protecting the strikers houses from the other lot, who were in a big majority in Nottinghamshire.

Musicians coming down from Yorkshire to work in our studio, were routinely interrogated and the cars stopped and searched on the motorway, to make sure they were not carrying weapons and flying pickets.

The depth and complexity of feelings were far too hard for most of the media to grasp. you just felt you were hearing total bullshit through the TV and papers. I suddenly understood what the people of Northern ireland had been going through. Outsiders just didn't dig it. In a way you understood the idea that the best thing for us in Ireland woukld be to piss off and leave them to it - if London government couldn't understand Nottinghamshire - what chance Belfast?

I could tell a hundred stories about that year. My partner in the studio lived in Pontefract in the heart of strikers country. just incredible and contradictory feelings and thoughts for everyone. I think only a hatred of Thatcher and Macregor united everyone.

Song is a very slight artform compared to the symphony and the poem and the novel, or painting. You couldn't help but feel most songs were lacking in insight, and a sort of reductio ad absurdum of an incredibly complex set of feelings and situatiions.