people have the power 

Mikis Theodorakis, "Fabrik" Hamburg, 1971. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

Mikis Theodorakis, “Fabrik” Hamburg, 1971. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections was a genuine people’s uprising in the street, at the polls. As victory was announced, the music of the great Greek musicker of resistance, Theodorakis, was blasting out to the tens of thousands in the streets—and so were songs of Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith (who performed on Tuesday at the Granada Theater). 

This week we’ll sample some of the music that has helped empower the Greek—and wider European—quest for people’s power. And we’ll explore as well the centenary of the IWW anthem of class struggle—Solidarity Forever. This is a big anniversary year for the Industrial Workers of the World—founded 110 years ago—and 1915 marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of the Wobblies’ great bard, Joe Hill.

This week: the first of several shows where we will take note of these converging dates of importance in the shaping of the culture of protest. And we won’t forget the anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

culture of protest thurs 1/29/15 6 pm pst kcsb 91.9 fm