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Eight songs by Matt McGinn, Glasgow’s foremost singer/songwriter/poet of the West of Scotland radical movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Matt was politicised at an early age by Robert ‘Bobby’ Lynn, fellow Ross Street resident and stalwart of the anarchist movement in Glasgow from the 1940s through to his death in 1996.
Unfortunately, Matt’s paean of praise to Bobby, ‘Bobby Lynn’s shebeen’, was never recorded (to the best of my knowledge). Here, however, are a few of his other recordings:
‘We Ain’t Gonna Dig No More’ (miners’ protest song);
‘Gallowgate Calypso’ (Ross Street, now no more, ran onto The Gallowgate, one of the oldest thoroughfares in Glasgow. It bore many similarities to Barcelona’s barrio chino);
‘Hi Jack’ (tongue-in-cheek satire on the spate of aeroplane hijackings in the 1970s);
‘Janetta’ (a beautiful tribute to Matt’s wife Janette);
’On the road from Aldermaston’ (about the Easter anti-nuclear bomb marches from Aldermaston to London);
‘This is oor land’ (about the 1960s Holy Loch protest marches from Dunoon to Ardnadam Pier);
‘The Depth of My Ego’ (inspired by the ideas of Max Stirner as introduced to Matt by ‘Bobby’ Lynn);
and, lastly, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Magic Shadow Show’ (inspired by Edward FitzGerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam).
For further information go to – http://www.mattmcginn.info
La Libération de Paris
Short clips from the documentary — Le Journal de la Resistance — made by the Comite de Liberation du Cinema Francais during the urban guerrilla warfare in Paris between 15 and 25 August 1944. On August 15, the multi-national Resistance, including around 3,000 Spanish anti-Francoist refugees, launched an uprising in Nazi-occupied Paris. On August 25, the Resistance received backup with the entry into Paris of the half-tracks and armoured cars of ‘La Nueve’ (the Ninth Company of Foreign Volunteers’, manned mainly by Spanish anarcho-syndicalists of the CNT) of General Leclerc’s Free French 2nd Armored Division. These armoured cars, named ‘Ascaso’, ‘Durruti’, ‘Casa Viejas’, ‘Teruel’ ‘ Guadalajara’, ‘Madrid’ and ‘Teruel’, flew the Spanish Republican flag on the victory drive through Paris. The US Army arrived later…. Paris was formally liberated by Spanish anarchists who were led to believe that after Berlin and Berchtesgaden their next objective would be the liberation of Madrid. Sadly, that was not to be …