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December 2016

Salut! Live's Christmas Salutations

Enmore Theatre lorry - free Christmas cake to each child, Sat. matinee 24 Dec 1938 / by Sam Hood

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Salut!’s little sites – Salut!, Salut! Live and Salut! North  - hardly amount to an empire, even once you add the much bigger and more widely read Salut! Sunderland.

If I have been known to use the term, please be assured it was with light-hearted intent.

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The Big Interview: Leon Rosselson no longer turning the world upside down

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On Leon Rosselson’s most recent album, Where Are The Barricades?, we encounter a cluster of usual suspects, old, older and new: rotten bankers, corporate raiders, uncaring politicians, plundering national heroes (take a bow, Sir Francis Drake) and an Israeli policy towards Gaza that is not the Holocaust but brings shame and disgrace on the descendants of those who suffered in it.

And we also meet Karl Marx, Cockney equivalents of Ken Loach’s Daniel Blake and people who struggle and not always with success to stay alive, most poignantly two children killed by brutes in different uniforms, one in Nazi-occupied Vilnius, the other in Palestine.

But this is not only Rosselson's latest album, full of the clever, challenging wordplay that for many years allowed me to write approvingly of his work for, of all papers, The Daily Telegraph. It is also his last. At 82, he no longer has the energy or, in the face of new technology, will to record any more.

I am delighted to present this interview, conducted by e-mail, with an English master of political song (his own website is at http://www.leonrosselson.co.uk/index.php) ...


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