The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Including great singers and songwriters such as Peggy Seeger, Leon Rosselson, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani and Grace Petrie, this album's described as "part of the resistance to a capitalism that works only on behalf of the wealthy" and the folk songs and one poem on this double album are a masterclass in radical songwriting.
St Peter's Field and Emily Davison mine the country's rich history of protest for inspiration, while Petrie's affecting Farewell To Welfare directly addresses the coalition government's austerity programme.
Rosselson's contributions are as intelligent as ever, notably his devilish Looters comparing the small-time thieves from last year's riots to the colonial plunderers of "the Brutish empire" like Sir Francis Drake.
Some contributions are fairly austere and much-needed energy is provided by Johnson's two rousing singalongs Be Reasonable ("demand the impossible") and Why Not?