Personal submission: Heat of the Summer

Another great submission from Richard Banker, this time he shares his view through the lyrics of one of his personal hero’s the late protest singer Phil Ochs.  Richard explained to us that it was one of the pieces that got him into music and politics, so it seems fitting to share these lyrics to comment on the protest situation happening across the globe


In the heat of the summer
When the pavements were burning
The soul of a city was ravaged in the night
After the city sun was sinking

Now no one knows how it started
why the windows were shattered
But deep in the dark, someone set the spark
And then it no longer mattered.

Down the streets they were rumbling
All the tempers were raging
Oh, where, oh, where are the white silver tongues
Who forgot to listen to the warnings?

On and On come the angry
No longer following reason
And all the stores were the target now
Where just the other day they were buying

Drunk with the memory of the ghetto
Drunk with the lure of the looting
And the memory of the uniforms shoving with their sticks
Asking, “Are you looking for trouble?”

“No, no, no,” moaned the mayor.
“It’s not the way of the order.
“Oh stay in your homes, please leave us alone
“We’ll be glad to talk in the morning.”

“For shame, for shame,” wrote the papers.
“Why the hurry to your hunger?
“Now the rubble’s resting on your broken streets
“So you see what your rage has unraveled.”

Barricades sadly were rising
Bricks were heavily flying
And the loudspeaker drowned like a whisperin’ sound
when compared to the angered emotions

And when the fury was over
And the Shame was replacing the anger.
So wrong, so wrong, but we’ve been down so long
And we had to make somebody listen

In the heat of the summer……

Express: Roger Daltrey: ‘Go f*** yourselves!’ The Who star hits out over being told to ‘stay in’

Despite being in a high-risk age group, the English rocker said he would not be told to stay in by anyone.

The musician commented: “I live in the countryside so it’s a lot easier, I cannot imagine what it must be like stuck in London in a flat with a couple of kids.

“I’m not moaning about anything but equally as a 76-year-old, I’m not going to be told by anybody to stay in.”

“Go f*** yourselves. We can’t wrap ourselves in cotton wool,” he added.

The songwriter went on to say that it was scientists rather than the Government who were causing confusion for the general public amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nearly Two-Thirds of Artists in the United States Have Lost Their Livelihoods as a Result of the Coronavirus, a New Survey Says

Ninety-five percent of artists in the US have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study suggests—and nearly two-thirds have become unemployed altogether.

The study, which taps into responses from more than 15,000 artists and creative workers, paints a bleak portrait of creative life in the US in the weeks following the arrival of the epidemic. The survey was organized by Americans for the Arts in conjunction with Artist Relief, a coalition of seven grant-making nonprofits formed in response to the crisis.

On average, respondents to the survey have lost $24,000 in wages because of the pandemic, while four-fifths of those surveyed have no plan for how to recover financially.