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The Guardian’s Chris Michael explores incredible stories from around the world about when music shook history. Each episode focuses on a turning point in a city’s story, as told through a song that sparked a moment – and reveals the deeper social and political issues that shaped these pivotal events
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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 62 ratings
You’d expect edifying tales of music and politics and history. But actually this is quite the showcase for British/Yankee bias against the evil, horrible Chinese and Russians bogeymen. Not all the time, but enough that if you didn’t vote for Brexit because you’re not part of the British Empire,...Read full review »
The Gargantuan Guru via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 04/07/21
Such a good idea for a podcast. A great listen.
AonDoTri via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/05/21
This is so exciting, I’m already hooked on the concept, as well as on the episodes that have certainly done the concept justice
Lily qwops Alots ;D via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/05/21
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