All for US
Salford alternative band Shoshin are releasing a new single, All for U.S.
They describe themselves as the next Rage Against the Machine.
This might be a bit of a tall order, but they manage to brilliantly mix music and politics.
Frontman Pete Haley says their music rails against “US foreign policy, the ‘war on terror’ and media Islamophobia”.
Their sound mixes rock, hip hop, reggae and ska-punk.
Out on 24 November
United we stand
In 1972 tens of thousands of building workers walked out in their first national strike.
This play combines popular political songs from the time with two actors playing multiple parts to tell the story of the dispute and its aftermath.
They won better pay and working conditions.
But the strike also left the Tory government and building bosses reeling—and out for revenge.
The following year the “Shrewsbury 24” pickets were put on trial and prosecuted for conspiracy.
They included militants Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson.
The play includes Ricky’s poems from prison.
Directed by Louise Townsend.
On tour until 26 November