In this week's episode Jeremy and Tim travel to New Years Day 1959 as Che Guevara's forces defeat Batista to complete the Cuban Revolution. We hear about the military embargo imposed by the USA on their island neighbour, its impact on life for musicians on both sides of the border, and is resonances with American foreign policy in Latin America more broadly.
Tim and Jeremy also consider the nationalisation of the Cuban record industry, the pros and cons of state sponsorship on music creation, and how Communists across the world have addressed the problem of vernacular popular music's status within the culture industry. Plus, the Cha Cha Cha source of a foundational piece of Garage Rock, the Bay of Pigs, and why cymbals were banned for being 'too jazzy'.
Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert are authors, academics, DJs and audiophile dance party organisers. They’ve been friends and collaborators since 1997, teaching together and running parties since 2003. With clubs closed and half their jobs lost to university cuts, they’re inevitably launching a podcast.
Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.
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The Kings Men - Louie Louie
René Touzet - El Loco Cha Cha Cha
Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna - The Man I Love
Irakere - Bacalao Con Pan
Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC - Granma
Los Van Van - Chirrin, Chirran
Timothy Brennan - Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz
Ned Sublette - Cuba and its Music