Book of the Week – The Dead Republic

This book speaks of a time when communists were taking over Hungary and China, when places called Israel and Republic of Ireland were only beginning. It’s an historic tale of how Henry Smart helped shape events. Or not as the case more likely was

Hope Show 156 Gabfest 7 Punk Rock 1980

Myself and Michael choose 5 songs each that meant something in our punk rock history tour. Tonight it's 1980 but we have managed to sneak in an extra one from the Clash as their London Calling album was released in the States in February of this year.

Book of the week – Another Planet by Tracey Thorn

This book is a beautiful read interspersing thorns diaries and her memories of growing up outside London. It paints a vivid picture of her discos at the weekends, her shopping trips and subsequent interest in music. It is a woman talking about her life growing up as a girl

Hope Show 154 – the lowdown on 1979

So for Gabfest *6 myself and Michael have handpicked 10 songs from 1979 that inspired a further generation or 2 of musicians. We see punk evolving in different directions. Post punk, synth and raw guitars coming through in the UK whilst in the States there's a new menace appearing

Book of the week – Michael Harding’s chest Pain

Harding had a heart attack, received a stent and has vowed from that day to give thanks. To sing gratitude to the world. To the doctors and nurses. To the paramedics who got to him within 9 minutes of dialling 999.

Book of the Week – the education of an idealist

Deep down it is a story of some hope. I have opinions on foreign policy and neo liberalism. I feel a torch needs to be shone on human rights abuses and Power is helping to shine a dim light. Hopefully it is one that never fades.