Agit Disco collects the playlists of its 23 writers to tell the story of how music has politically
influenced and inspired them. The book provides a multi-genre survey of political musics, from a
wide range of viewpoints, that goes beyond protest songs into the darker hinterlands of musical
meaning. Each playlist is annotated and illustrated. The collection grew organically with an
exchange of homemade CDs and images. These images, with their DIY graphics, are used to give
the playlists a visual materiality.
Almost everyone makes selections of music to play to themselves and friends. Agit Disco intends
to show the importance of this creative activity and its place in our formation as political beings.
This activity is at odds with to the usual process of selection by the mainstream media - in which
the most potent musical agents of change are, whenever possible, erased from the public
Agit Disco Selectors: Sian Addicott, Louise Carolin, Peter Conlin, Mel Croucher, Martin Dixon, John
Eden, Sarah Falloon, Simon Ford, Peter Haining, Stewart Home, Tom Jennings, DJ Krautpleaser,
Roger McKinley, Micheline Mason, Tracey Moberly, Luca Paci, Room 13 – Lochyside Scotland,
Howard Slater, Johnny Spencer, Stefan Szczelkun, Andy T, Neil Transpontine, Tom Vague