Episode 37

Published on:

20th Jun 2023

David Rovics (Part 2 of 2: Discourse and Fragmentation)

The second part of our conversation with the topical songwriter David Rovics. Part one traced the evolution of a political mind to the moment when tragedy undid the shackles of expectations and set David on his path. This week we follow what happens next, the collapse of the college circuit that supported activists throughout the later 20th Century, the implosion of the CD revenue stream and the rise of an atomized social-media-driven culture.

Clips in this episode:

  1. Today in Charlottesville (David Rovics, ‘Ballad of a Wobbly’ - 2018)
  2. From Kabul to Khartoum (David Rovics, ‘ Living in These Times’ - 2001)
  3. Operation Iraqi Liberation (David Rovics, ‘The Commons’ - 2007)
  4. Somewhere on Spotify (David Rovics, ‘Songs for Today’ - 2019)
  5. Israeli Geography 101 (David Rovics, ‘Meanwhile in Afghanistan (Solo Acoustic) - 2019)
  6. David Rovics is a Nazi (David Rovics, ‘David Rovics’ YouTube - 2022)
  7. I’m a Better Anarchist Than You (David Rovics, ‘The Commons’ - 2007) 
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All Your Days
A podcast about creativity, art, work, crisis, and persistence.
'All Your Days' is a weekly podcast and newsletter featuring conversations, essays, reviews and roundups with a focus on creativity, art, work, crisis, persistence, and how creative lives transform over time.

Host: James O'Brien

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James O'Brien

James O’Brien is a studio recording artist who toured the U.S. and the U.K. from 1998–2004 playing politically aware rock and roll, sometimes solo and sometimes with a band. In 2017, after a 13-year hiatus, he began to release new material again, and in 2022 he became the host of 'All Your Days — The Podcast'.