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TCPA Album Launch: For Love, Life and Liberty

Dates12 December 2012
LocationHoxton Hall in London

TCPA Album Launch: For Love, Life and Liberty

Rediscovering the roots of a new society

The rumours are true! The album launch of ‘Love, Life and Liberty’ is taking place on the evening of Wednesday 12th December at Hoxton Hall in London.

At a time when the planning system is undergoing radical reform and making the front pages of the national press, the TCPA wishes to celebrate and reconnect with our past of art and literature; once indivisible from the expression of utopian communities.

During the last 30 years there has been a growing sterility about our ideas of building a better way to live. On the one hand, there has been a blossoming of interest in ‘lifestyle’ choices, while on the other many communities have continued to face growing inequality.

The planning system, whose original radicalism is simply breathtaking, is one powerful example of how inspired vision can turn into nightmarish procedural complexity. Its achievements are still impressive but it no longer transforms peoples’ lives and rarely, if ever, considers art and beauty as part of its business.

In essence, the album is about remembering and celebrating our origins and testing their relevance for the future. It will explore the connections of key figures such as Ebenezer Howard and Raymond Unwin, to radical thinkers such as Edward Carpenter, William Morris and Prince Kropotkin, and draw a long lineage through John Clare and the Romantics back to Winstanley and forward through the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

The album celebrates, as the early pioneers did, the power of literature, poetry and music in communicating political ideas and poses the question about whether the early imagination, radicalism and personal bravery of these extraordinary figures has relevance for the present.

Attending the album launch is by invitation only. If you would like to find out more please contact Michael McLean by email at michael.mclean@tcpa.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7930 8903.

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