Mudcat Café message #96331 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #12277   Message #96331
Posted By: Susanne (skw)
17-Jul-99 - 09:06 PM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Police and Striking Miners
The songs on the tape 'Daddy What Did You Do In The Strike' are the title track, Villains' Chorus, Holy Joe From Scabsville, The Media, Only Doing Their Job, Miner's Wife. I'll post them in separate threads. I also have the following info but no account of the strike as a whole. Does anyone know of one?

[1988:] As in the miners' strike of 1844, [in the 1984-85 strike] a profusion of poems and songs sprang from those involved and from their supporters. [...] The veteran singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl contributed what are probably the outstanding songs: [Daddy What Did You Do In The Strike & Only Doing Their Job]. The tune for the latter is based on The Chapter of Kings, which was used for both Jone o' Grinfilt and The Keelman's Stick. (Roy Palmer, The Sound of History 117f)

[1989:] The miners' strike [of 1984/85] lasted 358 days, and [...] cost fourteen deaths (one of them officially a murder), nearly 10,000 arrests, thousands of injuries to both miners and police, and over 7 billion of taxpayers' money. It was a dispute about pit closures and the future of mining communities that was seen by much of the media and the public in more simple terms, as a show of strength between a hard-line left-winger, Arthur Scargill, the miners' leader, and an apostle of market forces, Margaret Thatcher. The media, for the most part, reflected public opinion in their hostility towards the miners, particularly as the bitterness and violence grew. (Robin Denselow, When the Music's Over 212)

The tracks on Dick Gaughan's album 'True and Bold' are:

DRUNK RENT COLLECTOR, AUCHENGEICH DISASTER, BLANTYRE EXPLOSION (in the DT), WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON (in the DT), ONE MINER'S LIFE, SCHOOLDAYS OVER (in the DT), COLLIER LADDIE (in the DT), POUND A WEEK RISE, MINER'S LIFE IS LIKE A SAILOR'S (in the DT as Miner's Lifeguard), FAREWELL TO COTIA, BALLAD OF EIGHTY-FOUR. I'll try and post the missing ones before long. - Susanne