‘What’s Going On’ at 50: Marvin Gaye, Music & Politics

Thursday 4 November 2021

A panel discussion around Marvin Gaye’s album ‘What’s Going On’ and its ground-breaking social and ecological politics.

Marvin Gaye’s album ‘What’s Going On’, released in 1971, has been lauded as an aesthetic landmark in black music and for its ground-breaking social and ecological politics. Led by DJ and broadcaster Trevor Nelson, four expert panelists – musicians Emeli Sandé and Corinne Bailey Rae, and the writers Nelson George and Stuart Cosgrove – will discuss their own experiences of ‘What’s Going On’ and asses its influence and ongoing significance at a crucial moment for climate and racial justice, as Glasgow prepares to host the United Nations’ COP26 conference.

Part of The Dear Green Bothy, a cultural programme at the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts hosting creative and critical responses to climate emergency.

Please note that the event will be live captioned.

Photo Credits: FR by richbedforduk is licensed under CC BYNCND 20

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