Cut-Up-Marx Two

Social
striking
its own
annihilation
in acute
established
relationships
of the
unfree
are already
the negation
of spiritual
production
thus sloughed-off
by human
activity

(p.163)

Cut-Up-Marx One

Its reality
ceases
the serfs
For example
its history
conditions
wage labour
or otherwise
circulation
founded
on entering
inherent
movement

(p.113)

Lotta Continua – Roots Music and the Politics of Production

“A gigantic cultural revolution is underway. Free expression and the joy of bodies, the autonomy, hybridisation and the reconstruction of languages, the creation of new singular and mobile modes of production – all this emerges, everywhere and continually.”
Toni Negri

There are threads running through the 1978 film Rockers that encapsulate the musical production process. From the opening scene of impromtu drummers and the horn rehearsal in the yard, followed by the studio session and manufacture of the single at the pressing plant, through to the distribution of records by motorbike and their reception at the counter of disco- shops and sound-systems the whole process of production, inclusive of the social practice from which it springs, is highlighted. But, crucially, each moment of this process is presented as a site of conflict. There is the musician as wage labourer having to ask to be paid and then being paid in records, there is the alternative distribution method of the motorbike and there is the policeraid on the sound-system. [Read more →]

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