Tuesday, 28 July 2020

THE LEVELLERS























"levelling the land"
Year:  1991
Country:  UK
City:  Brighton
Label:  China
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Folk Punk








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"idem"
Year:  1993
Label:  China
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:        Folk Punk














The Levellers are a folk punk band formed in Brighton, UK in 1988, consisting of Mark Chadwick (guitar and vocals), Jeremy Cunningham (bass guitar), Charlie Heather (drums), Jon Sevink (violin), Simon Friend (guitar and vocals), and Matt Savage (keyboards). Taking their name from the Levellers political movement, the band released their first EP in 1989 and LP in 1990, with international success following upon signing to China Records and the release of their second album "levelling the land". The band were among the most popular indie bands in UK in the early 90s, and headlined at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994, where they performed on The Pyramid Stage to the festival's record crowd, which numbered 300,000 people. This is a record which stands to this day. Self-described as having "a left wing view of politics", they continue to record and tour.



The "Rolling anarchy" logo, designed by Jeremy Cunningham, is often used by the band. It is composed of three sickles placed so as to form the letter A, recognizable however the logo is rotated. The symbol is often featured on Levellers merchandise and at concerts. It is usually surrounded with the text "Whoever puts their hand upon me to govern me is a usurper, a tyrant, and I declare them my enemy." These words, originally by the French anarchist philosopher Proudhon, had previously been used by the band Zounds who originally released their single "Can't Cheat Karma" featuring this quote on the Crass records label.
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"letters from the underground"
Year:  2008
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:        Folk Punk








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"static on the airwaves"
Year:  2012
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:        Folk Punk








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"we the collective"
Year:  2018
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:       Folk Punk














the original "The Levellers" were a political movement during the English Civil War (1642–1651) committed to popular sovereignty, extended suffrage, equality before the law and religious tolerance. The hallmark of Leveller thought was its populism, as shown by its emphasis on equal natural rights, and their practice of reaching the public through pamphlets, petitions and vocal appeals to the crowd.

The Levellers came to prominence at the end of the First English Civil War (1642–46) and were most influential before the start of the Second Civil War (1648–49). Leveller views and support were found in the populace of the City of London and in some regiments in the New Model Army. Their ideas were presented in their manifesto "Agreement of the People". In contrast to the Diggers, the Levellers opposed common ownership, except in cases of mutual agreement of the property owners.

The Levellers were not a political party in the modern sense of the term. They were organised at the national level, with offices in a number of London inns and taverns such as The Rosemary Branch in Islington, which got its name from the sprigs of rosemary that Levellers wore in their hats as a sign of identification.
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"peace"
Year:  2020
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Folk Punk








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