Born in the USA

American rocker DownTown Mystic has contributed the song Way To Know to the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project. Way To Know will be the 4th single released by RATBM on UK label Nub Music. Nub plans to release a full Rage Against The Brexit Machine album featuring a Christmas single “Do They Know It’s Brexit?”

Way To Know features the RnR Hall of Fame rhythm section of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band – Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent. DownTown Mystic writer/producer, Robert Allen, explains

“I just happened to see a tweet that Nub was looking for songs and artists for the RATBM project. I contacted Nub head Mark Lee about it and Mark, with A&R man Guy Thompson, got the song to Peter and put me in touch with him. Peter called me to tell me how much he liked the song and thought it was a good fit with RATBM.”

Rage Against The Brexit Machine is part of a Stop Brexit Movement using pop music to bring attention to the disaster that Brexit will cause in the UK if it is not abandoned and overturned before it’s too late.

“Naked populism brought us the Brexit referendum result. We will lay Brexit to rest via a populist approach that will expose the naked truth about Brexit and the compelling benefits of a Better Britain in a United Europe. The USA is having much the same problem with Trump so we have joined forces to wake the world up to what’s going on”

Robert adds:

“Brexit should have forewarned us about the possibility of Trump winning in the USA. The one good thing to come out of it is the Resistance Movement against Trump. Maybe the people for Brexit should take a good look at the USA now and see what happens when lies and fake news are believed and you don’t get what you were hoping for.”

Robert Allen – DownTown Mystic

DownTown Mystic’s next release will be the DownTown On E Street EP featuring four exclusive tracks with Max & Garry. This should pave the way for the release of the Rock’n’Roll Romantic album in 2018. Robert comments, “Nub’s recent Distribution Deal with ADA/Warner Music should be of great benefit to releasing DownTown Mystic’s music in the UK and the rest of Europe. It’s an exciting development.”

Don’t just watch the video, buy the songs and let’s lay Brexit and Trumptation to rest – Same Horse, Different Jockey …

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics. Author of 8 books on leadership acclaimed by Tom Peters, Charles Handy, Harvey Goldsmith and Adrian Furnham. Featuring an interview exclusive with Sir Richard Branson.

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Jacob Rees-Moog

Click to buy the song / stream and stop Brexit full stop

 

Jacob Rees-Moog is the third song in the “Rage Against The Brexit Machine” collection and is a rather unusual number. Not so much a song, rather a groove. If you remember the song “19” you will get some idea of where this song takes it’s lead from.

If you want to pollute your fields, eat chlorinated chicken, burn lightbulbs of any wattage, put your children down the mines, insist that women who have been raped should have the children and so on then Jacob Rees-Moog is the groove for you. Recorded on 18th Century retro Korg and Moog synths and analogue Theramins. We can guarantee that lots of electricity was used and that women and children were neglected during the recording of the song …

Fortunae naufragium

Madeleina Kay – Artist, Writer, Musician, Activist

 

Jacob Rees-Moog was produced in an experimental exponential synthesiser laboratory after eating excessive amounts of chlorinated chicken and gorging on English Mead and Port plundered from the colonies. The piece features star of Channel 4 News, Madeleina Kay, some samples from the Moggster in “Full English Brexit” mode and an obligatory Siamese cat called Boris. The pussy was paid less than the minimum wage for the work and now scrounges from food banks, having been disowned by Jacob, due to being “foreign”. Of course, all of the above is “fake news” in keeping with the zeitgeist of the age 🙂

Click to buy Jacob Rees-Moog on Amazon, iTunes etc.

 

Jacob Rees-Moog or “JRM” as it is known on the Latin speaking dance floors of Ibiza, Chew Magna and Midsomer Norton is an entirely new genre of music : ECTSTF or “18th Century Tory Synthpop Trance Floor”. JRM “celebrates” a post Brexit world of gratuitous land pollution, the sublimation of women, flower border control, slavery, the return of the penny farthing and Stephenson’s Rocket as national transport, re-introduction of ricketts, typhus and plague as national diseases, Latin as the national language, nationalised jam making, the use of the Cutty Sark as the Royal Yacht and Britain’s role as a major warring nation.

Quo Vadis : BUYING LINKS – Click images to buy

STREAMING HELPS US CLIMB THE CHART

We have entered the Top 200 chart on iTunes and at the time of writing we are No 20 on the Amazon chart.  We have an opportunity to crash the UK Top 40 chart this week by 23.59 on Thursday 13 October. If we do, we will OWN Rupert Murdoch’s Brexit obsessed media and will be able to “take back control” of the media and in doing so help stop Brexit, full stop. You can help by buying and streaming the song – all purchases and streams count. Click the link and / or the images below to find individual links to Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify etc. and click away please.

Controlling the nation “Moog Style” versus “Mogg Style”

Mortem Parca affert, opes rursus ac facultates aufert 

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No, Jeremy Corbyn!

A superb interview by Rebecca Buck with Madeleina Kay et moi about the “Rage Against The Brexit Machine” project which seeks to crush Brexit Populism with Pop Music. Do check our suite of songs out on Amazon, ITunes, Google Play and let’s Break Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain …

We now have three songs online so please buy them now and tell your friends … Pants to Brexit, No, Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Moog.

Conversations with Europe

I’ve interviewed both Peter Cook and Madeleina Key for Conversations with Europe over the last few months. As two of the most high profile and creative pro-EU campaigners at the present time, it was inevitable that I’d soon be chatting to them about a joint project.

RAGE Against the Brexit Machine, which I’ve also written about previously, is a Crowdfunded album of songs to fight Brexit, a project created by Peter Cook but with a team of collaborators, many of them high profile. You can find about more about the whole project in my previous article.

No, Jeremy Corbyn is the biggest release of the project so far. And, the comma is important, as Madeleina was keen to point out. Here’s my chat with Peter and Madeleina.

1. Tell me about your single No Jeremy Corbyn. What style of music is it? When we can buy it?

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Jacob Rees Moog … Pants to Brexit and other Brexit Party Hits

I’ve been asked to assemble an album of “Brexit Party Hits” … although I’ve yet to be invited to a Brexit party by our Government … 🙂  The working title of the album is BREXIT FREE and the idea is to professionally record an album’s worth of original songs about “Life without Brexit” (pleasure) and Brexit realities (pain). You can read about some of our activity to free us from self-harming Brexit in The New European newspaper this week.

I’m asking people to back the album production in advance via our “STOP BREXIT” Go Fund Me site. This will enable us to book studios, secure professional musicians, hire professional marketing support and so on.  There is an immense amount of organisation to do and costs involved to undertake this venture. I have been offered the support of Jon Morter, the man who knocked Simon Cowell off the Number One slot with his Rage Against The Brexit Machine Christmas hit. We are calling the collective of the bands that will record the album “Rage Against The Brexit Machine”. We will release the album with Nub Records, an indie label that won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for their 100 x 30 albums. I recorded 3 songs for these including “Trumptown” and “Beware the IDS of March“.

FAQ’s

What will be on the album?

The actual album is being written now and we will crowdsource the words on our BBC (Brexit Boat Cruise) on the River Thames on 19 August. However, here are some titles to whet your appetite:

  • Pants to Brexit – feat Pan(t)’s People
  • Jacob Rees Moog – a Tory dancefloor groove in the style of “19”
  • Better Together – An Ode To Joy
  • What EU mean to me – A Love Song
  • Fiscal Cliff – On Economics and Cliff Edges
  • Bojo Funk – A revision of the Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk
  • We are the Brexit Girls – A revision of The Cheeky Song
  • Brexit Free
  • No Jeremy Corbyn

Who will be on the album?

This is a collaborative effort, so please contact me if you wish to contribute.  We will certainly be including our Boris Johnson impersonator Faux Bojo but there is room for other singers and players.

We campaign tirelessly for a Brexit Free World – click to read Rebecca Buck’s superb piece on our work

Packing them in at Downing Street – Photo by Bruce Tanner – http://www.brucetanner.com

Will there be a single?

Yes, several. “Pants to Brexit”, “Jacob Rees Moog”, “I wanna be Brexit Free” and “No Jeremy Corbyn” are the current contenders.

No to Brexit JC

What happens if we don’t raise all the money?

If the album project does not fully fund we will produce the singles. If not the money will be used to fight Brexit via the live events we have planned at the Labour / Conservative / Lib Dem Party Conferences and other events around the country.

Check the Go Fund Me page out now – Let’s Break Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain …

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Peter Cook is a business consultant, author of 7.5 books on business, keynote speaker and musician. He blends his three passions of science, business and music in his work at The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics which he has run for 23 years. In his early career he brought new pharmaceutical products to market safely including Human Insulin and the world’s first HIV / AIDS treatment.

The Spirit of America

I must say I’m not a fan of America these days – For me Donald Trump has contaminated the “brand” with his mean-spirited attitudes towards building a wall, threatening wars, rolling back progress on environmental stewardship and so on.  It is a perversion of the notion of MAGA (Making America Great Again) and the whole genre of fake news … but one must never generalise, and the magazine US of America supports and celebrates the values that make America a great nation. Contemporary yet nostalgic, presenting stories from across the cultural landscape of the USA. From Alabama to Wyoming, the magazine shine a light on every US state, showcasing the weird and wonderful of everyday American life.

The 2nd edition is just out. Here the editor in chief Nicole Nodland explains what’s in store:

Our cover star Dua Lipa discusses the importance of using your voice to affect change and break boundaries. Bruce Gilden captures the resilience of the people of Detroit, while Lucas Foglia presents an utopian-like image of the prisoners of Riker’s Island. From Larry Fink’s photos at the Women’s March to Alec Soth’s reflective series on the recent election, we capture the beauty of a collective spirit in times of uncertainty.

Minnesota is this issue’s special focus. Visit the land of 10,000 lakes with us as we look at the state’s lesser known stories and pay tribute to its most famous resident, Prince. It’s just over a year since Prince left Planet Earth and his loss to the world still leaves a huge vacuum. Featuring an exclusive interview with Mayte Garcia, a feature on Ida Neilsen, his bass anchor for 6 years and a piece on the musicology of a genius.

We go bicoastal to look at California cults and Brooklyn Biker gangs. And back in time with 70’s photos of Hollywood Boulevard and the NY subway system.

Catch up with Giancarlo Esposito, Mayte Garcia, Ida Nielsen, and Amber Mark to find out about their upcoming projects. And spend time in LA’s Inglewood neighbourhood with rising stars Ill Camille, Daniel Farris, Davion Farris, Tay Walker, Kenyon Dixon, and Jeff Bernat.

Grab your copy of Us of America now.  In the meantime, here is my tribute to Prince recorded just a year ago with Meatloaf’s singing partner from “I would do anything for love” Lorraine Crosby, recorded without practice or soundcheck, so there are a few ongoing adjustments to live guitar sound levels in the first few seconds.

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Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock.  Author of 7.5 Books.

Catch The Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore … then

I made a rare pilgrimage to the O2 Arena last night to see a life long hero, Mr Ritchie Blackmore.  I say a rare pilgrimage, as I find the sound and vision at the O2 to be generally appalling and I was not disappointed at this concert.  O2 have previously caused my son untold problems over their legendarily bad administration and I freely admit that I therefore have a grudge – see O2 OMG.  That aside, I find the acoustics and size of the O2 quite inconsistent with a live band experience and had previously vowed never to go again after seeing Prince there in 2007.  In this case I felt I had no choice, so I got on my bike and cycled 30 miles for the experience and am overall pleased I went to see a man who remains a major influence on my approach to music and, indeed, my overall attitude to life.

But all is not lost – thanks to the generosity of a fellow traveller we have some better quality sound and visuals from the front of stage. See Rainbow Rising at the O2. But I want to move on to a story, as Ritchie Blackmore was influential in helping me secure my first job offer at Shell ….

Rainbow Rising

I went to a Grammar School, essentially a factory for Oxbridge students.  But I did not want to go to university. My parents were 45 and 67 when I was born and were not especially affluent – my dad was 85 by the time I was 18 and I felt I needed to get a job rather than go to University although there was no pressure from them to do so. Of course, I was completely ostracised by the Grammar School for making such a decision. The so-called “careers master” (also the gym teacher) said “well, laddy, tell me when you have got a job” when I told him I did not want to go to University. So I set about looking for one  …

I was mad about Chemistry and Music as a child. So I applied to the two major employers in the area – Shell and The Wellcome Foundation. I was invited to an entire day of interviews at Shell (who were noted for extremely progressive employment policies at that time). Looking back at the day I was sat before PhD after PhD, who showed me complex chemical reactions on a chalk board and asked how I would solve their greatest problems. Needless to say I doubt I answered any of the questions correctly! When asked about my interests, I recall boring them endlessly about Ritchie Blackmore’s use of medieval “modal scales” as a differentiator in Deep Purple’s music and the 16th Century in general.  In other words, I bored them with my obsession and they theirs. I used to spend hours at the top of the stairs with my record player slowed down to 16 RPM trying to figure out what he was playing … until my mum shouted me to come down and eat my fishfinger sandwiches …

Modal scales and Fish Fingers – the breakfast of champions …

To my surprise I was offered a job at Shell, having bored them rigid with my music obsession and not really been able to operate as a PhD chemist with an A Level, although I eventually took the one at Wellcome (another story). I suspect that they felt my passion for the music and nerdiness. They must have given me the benefit of the doubt that I could actually do the work. Thank goodness that there were no HR people in sight.

Richie Blackmore … now

Back to the concert. For me, Blackmore’s guitar style has matured over the years, with rather more Bach that Screaming Lord Sutch about his performance these days. Many more melodic classical progressions inspired by his love of classical music, rather less random improvisation and brutality. The sound, as I said, was hampered by the size of the venue, which is why I’m so grateful to the man at the front who filmed it. I think The O2 would have helped themselves by training three cameras on the stage and back projecting the results on the screen to give those far away at least some opportunity to see the action, especially given the quality of the visuals for the show. You can find the set list and many of the performances at Rainbow Rising at the O2. A great highlight of the show was “Soldier of Fortune” played on acoustic guitar, although marred by whoops and shouting from the crowd. An added bonus was to see The Sweet, a band who were strongly influenced by Blackmore when they were playing their own songs such as “Sweet FA.” with a wink and a nod to “Hard Lovin’ Man” by Deep Purple. Lest we forget the majesty of Mr Blackmore:

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Peter Cook is  a business speaker who blends deep insights on strategy, innovation and business creativity with parallel lessons from music. An author of 7 1/2 books on business. Read his article on Deep Purple and Improvisation and more on Ritchie Blackmore at The Music of Business and Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll.

 

Censorship and Music

The latest piece of music to cause controversy and censorship is not a piece about sexual proclivity, drug abuse or one with parental advisory lyrics … merely one that discusses the issue of Post Truth Politics … Have we reached an all time low in participation and democracy when this happens? The BBC claims that it no longer bans any records but seems to have made an exception in this case. Perhaps it was told to?

Buy your copy of LIAR LIAR to highlight the folly of this strategy.  The East Germans and Russians were notable examples of  Governments that sought to control music in pursuit of a totalitarian state. All proceeds go towards food banks in the UK, now part of our “advanced society”.

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In case you have not heard the song, check out the You Tube video and then buy the track on iTunes, Google Play and so on. Support our campaign to improve our democracy and release us from self-harming Brexit at “Stop Hardcore Brexit

Famous songs that have fallen prey to censorship include Lola by the Kinks, School’s Out by Alice Cooper, Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and more curiously With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock by George Formby which was censored. Banning is almost a surefire guarantee of a song’s popularity and one wonders at the wisdom of such things in an internet age.

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics, offering outstanding keynotes, masterclasses and longer term Business / OD, Coaching and Mentoring. He is author of 7 and a half books on business leadership. Check them out at Amazon.