4th May

Former Faithless guitarist Dave Randall will join us at Magic Rock Tap to talk about his new book Sound System: The Political Power of Music as well as playing a bit of guitar and a DJ set.

FREE physical ticket available from Vinyl Tap which entitles you to one free pint of Ringmaster or half pint of anything else on the menu. The events starts at 7pm

Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.

This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He was the former guitarist in Faithless and has toured the world playing guitar with Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.

“Fascinating… A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop’s tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff.” – Mark Radcliffe – BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music

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