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Review in Counterpunch

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A piece on Leon and the World Turned Upside Down by Scott Borchert was recently published at Counterpunch.org.

"Most of all, he’s thought about what it means to be a radical songwriter, someone who accepts the foolish challenge of channeling their critical perspective on society through their artistic impulses. I say “foolish” because we’ve all seen the sort of aesthetic train wrecks that often result from the best-intentioned “political” art. It’s a risky thing to be a serious, radical artist—but I think Leon Rosselson pretty much nailed it."

Read the full piece here

Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 14:44

The Anti Capitalist Roadshow

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You may have noticed a few gigs in the calendar entitled "The AntiCapitalist Roadshow". If you're wondering what it's all about, read on!

The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow....

     ... is a collective of singers and songwriters Frankie ArmstrongRoy BaileyRobb JohnsonReem KelaniSandra KerrGrace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet RussellPeggy SeegerJim Woodland plus one (there is only one) socialist magician, Ian Saville.  

We have brought our songs and magic to enthusiastic audiences in Leicester, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, London, Portsmouth, Shoreham and St Albans. In November & December we will be celebrating subversion in Halifax, Wellingborough, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and William Morris's home town of Walthamstow, raising spirits and giving hope and heart and a smile or two to those angry at the ideologically driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire government on all but the elite, and in particular on the poor, the vulnerable and  the disabled.  
We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet.  We are part of another way of looking at the world. 
You can read more here: http://www.anticapitalistroadshow.co.uk 
Here's the grand finale (The World Turned Upside Down) from the recent show at Cecil Sharp House in Camden, bolstered by more than a little involvement from the audience!
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 14:10

New gigs in the calendar

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Six new gigs have been added to the calendar for the next few months, including three Anti-Capitalist Roadshow performances, two concerts in London and a workshop in Wales.

Click here to see the calendar


Interview and 5 Star Review in R2 Magazine

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R2 Magazine recently published an interview with Leon Rosselson as well as a 5-star review of his 4-CD boxed set, The World Turned Upside Down. 

Sean McGhee first interviewed Leon Rosselson back in 1988 for the launch of Rock'n'Reel (now R2) Magazine. 24 years later, following the release of the boxed set, the pair talk again about fame, the art of songwriting, Harry Potter, pop songs and Israel.  

Read the full R2 interview here. 

Click on the image below to see R2 Magazine's 5-star review of The World Turned Upside Down, or get hold of R2's January/February issue!

 R2 Magazine review Leon Rosselson


Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 08:16

Reviews for The World Turned Upside Down

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A selection of recent reviews for The World Turned Upside Down, Leon's 4-CD boxed set. 

***** review in Songlines January 2012
"It's the life work of of one of Britain's finest contemporary writers - not just songwriters but writers in any form.... The World Turned Upside Down concludes with 'The Power of Song', to which this magnificent retrospective is a living testament."

fRoots May 2012

"Sitting here with a four-CD boxed set, including an extensive booklet offering valuable insights into the whys and wherefores of it all.... you not only get the full benefit of his stinging satire , you get a sharp sense of the times for which they were written. This is a remarkable achievement for any songwriter, whether it's the 17th century stories recounted in The World Turned Upside Down and Abiezer Coppe - sung so powerfully by Roy Bailey - to the modern follies depicted by the likes of They're Going to Build a Motorway, Ballad of a Spycatcher and The Wall that Stands Between.

...a well-rounded picture of a remarkable artist who's never taken his eyes off the ball even - or especially - when that ball is bouncing in a determinedly anti-popular direction." 

Taplas January 2012
" ...to my mind, one of the best songs ever written is Song of the Olive Tree, about the fate of a tree and the people of Palestine. It's a song that is at once beautiful, depressing, anger-inducing and, finally, hopeful and inspiring." 

Tykes News Winter 2011/2012 
"I've sung his children's songs to my children (and other people's children) and his grown-up's songs to my grown-ups (and, more than likely, to other people's grown-ups) and in the process of singing, have never ceased to marvel at the skill and care of Leon's writing. We'll not see his like again, even if we wait for fifty years..."

The Living Tradition May 2012
"And along with the 4 CDs (the first three covering the best of his output in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and the fourth the 90s/noughties) we have a quite magnificent liner booklet with nearly 80 pages of text and photos. Really informative text on the writing of each song, as there was no need to waste space filling it with song lyrics; if there is a better enunciator of song lyrics than Leon, then I'd like to know where that person is. Every word he sings is crystal clear. "
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 14:55

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