Singing the Changes
This book chronicles the songs of Dave Rogers, longstanding member of the Birmingham Banner Theatre. It chronicles 30 years of struggle and marks the Banner Theatre’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. The book is presented as 85 songs of resistance and celebration, spanning over three decades of events.
Interspersed between the songs are concise, informative historical accounts of the events themselves recalled in song, together with interviews with workers and photographs.
Dave Rogers, a self-proclaimed political activist, wrote most of the songs for political documentary theatre productions. They are stuffed with social purpose and are classified in the book as part of a tradition of political song writing. The foreword quite correctly defines them as social documents.