Goalscrounger's 30 Day Music Challenge - Day 29 - Wednesday 13th May - A Song Inspired By A Historical Event

goalscrounger

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#1
NOT songs with the word "history" in the title (they can go in the "school subjects" thread!) but songs based on or about a historical event. I won't have time to check the validity of your claims, so unless you do something blatant like claim Sparks wrote "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" about Fabrizio Ravanelli and Neil Cox then it'll probably make the playlist. If you have the time, put a little back story with your post, it will be great to have a history lesson or two to go with these songs!


Speaking to Q magazine in 2001, Ian Brown explained that the song was about the Paris riots of May 1968, which saw students, then workers protest the then-current government, capitalism and other political causes. Brown and John Squire watched a documentary on the riots, broadcast by Channel 4 on the 20th anniversary of the original events and the imagery inspired a song. Brown claimed that he imagined the words "Choke me, smoke the air, in this citrus-sucking sunshine I don't care" were being sung by a student protester to the face of an armed policeman. John Squire told Q magazine in 2001: “Ian had met this French man when he was hitching around Europe. This bloke had been in the riots, and he told Ian how lemons had been used as an antidote to tear gas.” So the lemons on the Roses artwork are actually a symbol of protest and defiance.

Following months of conflicts between students and authorities at the Nanterre campus of the University of Paris (now Paris Nanterre University), the administration shut down the university on 2 May 1968. Students at the Sorbonne campus of the University of Paris (today Sorbonne University) in Paris met on 3 May to protest against the closure and the threatened expulsion of several students at Nanterre. On Monday, 6 May, the national student union, the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF)—still the largest student union in France today—and the union of university teachers called a march to protest against the police invasion of Sorbonne. More than 20,000 students, teachers and supporters marched towards the Sorbonne, still sealed off by the police, who charged, wielding their batons, as soon as the marchers approached. While the crowd dispersed, some began to create barricades out of whatever was at hand, while others threw paving stones, forcing the police to retreat for a time. The police then responded with tear gas and charged the crowd again. Hundreds more students were arrested.
 
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bombero

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#6
A song in honour of George Cayley from Brompton for inventing the first successful human glider.There's a fantastic photo of a very unhappy footman strapped to said machine at Elvington air museum.Had many interests 'our' Cliff. I would like to fwd my complaint on the refs decision in advance!
 
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bombero

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#12
Based around the early televised launches of the rocket used in Nasa's early space prog in the late 60's,set against the Kennedy assassination. Banging intro.
 
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