LEAVE HER ALONE * DERRICK MORGAN * ISLAND 037 * UK
This is the squeaking bedsprings sound that I associate with much of the music from Jamaica that was first heard in the UK. The sound was strong and individual enough to attract the attention of many of the white working class youth when they heard on the juke boxes in the cafes that were used by the West Indian migrant workers. Most of these historic buildings, the working men's cafes, have disappeared along with the communities that surrounded and supported them. This attrition and subsequent destruction of working class environments rarely happens to middle class and wealthier locations; and I can't help thinking had the privileged used these places some would almost certainly be preserved as, culturally significant, historic buildings. It is, of course, in the interest of both forms of government, those calling themselves Left and those who use the term Right, to constantly keep the underclass's in society in a position of insecurity, need, and flux, in order to not only maintain a willing, if reluctant, work force, and prevent communities building up a shared historic strength which could develop into a political independence of thought and deed, but also to sustain and keep their own wealth and privilege.
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