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Political and protest albums for March 2021

Here's a look back at March's political news and the best new music that related to it. You can also listen to a podcast of this column, including all the music, here.

Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus introduces six new books that are worth reading — and one that isn’t.

Jazz is quintessentially American music. But, as Barry Healy writes, the story of jazz is a harrowing tale of racism and criminal violence stretching through to the present day. 

Even before it was released and became a New York Times bestseller, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s book The Daughters of Kobani made headlines, writes Marcel Cartier.

The Clash fans the flames of anti-fascism at the Rock Against Racism carnival in 1978

In the early 1970s, the National Front was on the rise in Britain. So a ramshackle group of DIY leftists organised Rock Against Racism and took on the fascists. White Riot is a celebration of their struggle and victory, writes Barry Healy

Chris Nelius, the director of Girls Can’t Surf, spoke with Green Left about the making of the film.

Daniel Kaluuya burning up the screen as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

The magnificence of the Black Panther Party and its martyed leader, Fred Hampton, are brought to life in Judas and the Black Messiah, a film with a few defects, writes Barry Healy.

February 2021 political albums artwork

Mat Ward takes a look back at February's political news and the best new music that related to it.

Isabelle Huppert peddling giant bags of hash in The Godmother

Isabelle Huppert comes to rule the Parisian hashish trade in this comedy/drama that demonstrates the casual violence of the French police, writes Barry Healy.

Nicolas Marie, Virginie Efira and Albert Dupontel in Bye Bye Morons

Bye Bye Morons is a sweet French comedy with a satirical bite, writes Barry Healy.

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