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 Long before Trump rolled in the deep, music and politics were entwined August 24, 2016 3.01pm AEST Donald Trump in Scotland – musicians have asked that he refrain from using their songs at his political events. David Moir/Reuters


Donald Trump in Scotland – musicians have asked that he refrain from using their songs at his political events.
David Moir/Reuters

Take three apparently trivial events: Ukraine wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, a rock star cancels a concert and a political rally features the song Rolling in the Deep by Adele

None of these moments might strike anyone as significant, and certainly not worthy of the attention of those interested in politics and the political system. But looked at more closely, suggestions of political relevance begin to emerge.

When Ukraine won Eurovision, it was with the song 1944. Sung by Jamala, it referred to Stalin’s deportation of the Tartars from Crimea. Although the organisers of the competition deemed that 1944 did not represent political speech, it was widely understood to be an expression of political protest, resonating with past and present injustices. Full story.

John Street (The Conversation) / August 24, 2016

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