Pop and politics debate returns to London tonight! : musicians and MPs discuss music issues and you are invited

Pop and Politics returns after the summer break.

The event is where music people and MPs meet to discuss music culture related issues is taking place on Tuesday 15 October at 7.30pm at Cafe del Marsh, 44 Lower Marsh (behind Waterloo station and a short walk from Parliament). The evening will bring together Parliamentarians and those who work or have an interest in the music and creative industries to discuss topical subjects relevant to both politics and popular culture.

Nibbles will be provided but there will be no hot food available. Entry is £5 to non-members of Pop and Politics but free for members. Annual membership can be obtained for £30 and includes priority access to future events and a password and username to the discussion board on.

Check the website for all details https:\\popandpol.com.

Following a successful conference season for Pop and Politics, topics that will be discussed on Tuesday and the speakers who will be attending include:

• Misogyny and sexual/racial discrimination in music and popular culture – do artists have a social responsibility in their work and do offensive lyrics reflect or promote negative behaviour in society? Amy Lamé will be giving her perspective as a comedienne who has been active on LGBT issues and violence against women, while Tim Cobbett (Student Voice Coordinator at Kingston University Students’ Union) will explain why student unions such as Kingston have banned the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” from campus.

• The importance of political music – can popular culture advance the political agenda? Jenny Stevens (Deputy News Editor of the NME) (TBC) will give her take on mixing pop and politics and whether modern pop culture is political enough.

• Popular culture and campaigning – how can popular culture be utilised to drive campaigns? John Robb (musician, author and editor of louderthanwar.com) will talk about the recent NHS rallies and his plans for NHS gigs and a Live Music Day to underline the importance of live music to culture and the UK economy.

• Drug law – is it working? In light of the recent death at Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Simon Mason (author of “Too High Too Far Too Soon”) will assess the effectiveness of current UK drug law and moves that could be made towards a more sensible solution.

As always, John Robb will be chairing the discussion and all attendees will be able to contribute to the debate.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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