Ina Lundström on Music, Politics, Elections


Three prominent Gothenburgers from the fields of academics, music, and journalism participated in a discussion on ‘Talk is Cheap’ surrounding the theme ‘1968: The Rhythm of Revolution’ bringing politics, music and politics to the platform at Pustervik in June 2018, and supported by Västra Götaland region.

Why 1968? Because ‘the 1968 revolt year went hand in hand with politics and music. Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Joan Baez and James Brown were part of the political scene, and they created some of the best songs and albums in music history. The participants spoke and answered:

How did the music and politics hang together?

What was unique with 1968?

What can we learn from 1968 politically and artistically?

The discussion was ‘calmer than a club, but livelier than a conversation at the library’.

The guests were: Håkan Thörn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg; Nikke Ström, the musician, an associate of National Theatre, and has had over the years played with many of Sweden’s most important musicians and artists; and Ina Lundström, a journalist who writes chronicles in Göteborgs-Posten (GP), and a broadcaster on ‘Ring P1’.

Ina lundström has the art to make the audience to laugh and the craft to make the audience to reflect on culture with her piercing observations in a candid way.

What has happened in Sweden’s 60s, 70s, 80s especially between music and politics, and how it was different from America, and how American musical and political scene affected Sweden? How the emergence of Black Power movement influenced music and politics, and the role of white middle- and upper-class absorbed the Black Music? Ina spoke to beginning with counterculture, and what it meant for a generation in Sweden. Listen to the podcast:

Ina Lundström on Music, Politics, Elections …

“Everyone is really confused. I think everyone is waiting for IT to happen but no one has said, what is it, yet. I find that interesting,” said Ina Lunström about the Swedish General Elections on 9 September 2018.