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Music can motivate in lots of different ways. From work to politics, Bob Marley to The Clash, music can make you move to get the job done, or stand up and be heard.

Music can motivate in lots of different ways. In this programme, we find out why people like prisoners in the American south and weavers in the Hebrides sang to keep themselves motivated at work. And we find out how music has been used as a motivational tool by political protesters in Scotland and around the world. Featured artists include the Glasgow Song Guild, Bob Marley, The Clash, Public Enemy, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone.

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20 minutes

Music Played

  • Alan Lomax

    Early in the Mornin’

  • Alan Lomax

    Walking Songs

  • Paul Robeson

    Song of the Volga Boatmen

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Get Up, Stand Up

  • Inti‐Illimani

    El Pueblo Unido, Jamas Sera Vencido

  • Glasgow Song Guild

    Ban Polaris, Hallelujah!

  • Edwin Starr


  • The Clash

    Career Opportunities

  • Bob Dylan

    The Times They Are A’ Changin’

  • Public Enemy

    Fight The Power

  • Beastie Boys

    (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)

  • Marvin Gaye

    What’s Going On?

  • Robriguez

    This is Not a Song, It’s and Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues

  • Bobby McFerrin

    Don’t Worry, Be Happy

  • The Proclaimers

    I’m On My Way

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky


Role Contributor
Presenter Fiona Wood
Producer Gill Davies
Producer Rachel Duckhouse


  • Wed 27 Apr 2016 03:20