Pirate radio station closed down after police raid in Taunton

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A SUSPECTED pirate radio station operating from the centre of Taunton has been closed down following a raid by police and OFCOM officers this morning.

Town Centre Neighbourhood officers and members of OFCOM, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, executed a warrant under the Wireless and Telegraphy Act 2006.

Computers and broadcasting equipment was seized during the operation in the High Street area, police say.

Police were called in after complaints about Rage FM, which broadcast junk music and political comment, including expletives.

An OFCOM spokesman said: ““Illegal broadcasting is a serious criminal and anti-social activity.

“The pirates who broadcast without a licence risk causing harmful interference to communications services used by the emergency services and are a nuisance to legal broadcasters.

“They can also have a negative impact on the local communities to which they illegally broadcast.”

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and is currently being interviewed by OFCOM officials at Taunton Police Station.

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5:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ecs says...

What is junk music? Surely the Gazette can write more accurate descriptions of the music being played?
What is junk music? Surely the Gazette can write more accurate descriptions of the music being played? ecs
  • Score: 11

9:03pm Thu 17 Apr 14

OMG!!!! says...

There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!!
There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!! OMG!!!!
  • Score: 11

10:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Don't wish to comment on the closure of RageFM but do know that the reason radio stations need licensing it to prevent interference to other users of the airwaves i.e. police, fire & ambulance ect ect ect.
Don't wish to comment on the closure of RageFM but do know that the reason radio stations need licensing it to prevent interference to other users of the airwaves i.e. police, fire & ambulance ect ect ect. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 0

11:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

blackmasquerade says...

OMG!!!! wrote:
There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!!
Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence!
[quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!![/p][/quote]Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence! blackmasquerade
  • Score: 7

12:19am Fri 18 Apr 14

OMG!!!! says...

blackmasquerade wrote:
OMG!!!! wrote:
There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!!
Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence!
And???
[quote][p][bold]blackmasquerade[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!![/p][/quote]Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence![/p][/quote]And??? OMG!!!!
  • Score: -5

1:49pm Fri 18 Apr 14

somersetvoyager says...

Rage FM "broadcast junk music and political comment"... that pretty much sums up every other radio station I've ever heard.
Rage FM "broadcast junk music and political comment"... that pretty much sums up every other radio station I've ever heard. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 17

1:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

OMG!!!! wrote:
blackmasquerade wrote:
OMG!!!! wrote:
There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!!
Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence!
And???
Why should they not pay for a licence and play by the rules like everyone else who has to? We are in the real world where things cost money and life is governed by rules. Harsh as it is, there is no getting away from it. Life isn't fair right??
[quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackmasquerade[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!![/p][/quote]Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence![/p][/quote]And???[/p][/quote]Why should they not pay for a licence and play by the rules like everyone else who has to? We are in the real world where things cost money and life is governed by rules. Harsh as it is, there is no getting away from it. Life isn't fair right?? TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 3

6:33pm Fri 18 Apr 14

blackmasquerade says...

OMG!!!! wrote:
blackmasquerade wrote:
OMG!!!! wrote:
There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!!
Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence!
And???
And what? The fact they were transmitting without a licence is why they were closed down, pretty simple really!
[quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackmasquerade[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OMG!!!![/bold] wrote: There was nothing wrong with Rage FM, as usual a few moaners have something stopped for everyone. If you dont like it dont listen to it!!![/p][/quote]Apart from the fact it was operating without a licence![/p][/quote]And???[/p][/quote]And what? The fact they were transmitting without a licence is why they were closed down, pretty simple really! blackmasquerade
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Fri 18 Apr 14

minardi says...

I understand the need to prevent interference to Emergency Services etc. but would have loved to have known if there actually was any in this case. From what I understand, having listened to Rage FM on occasions, it was "for the community" and this should be encouraged in my opinion. It may not have pandered to everyone's tastes music wise but to use the phrase "junk music" is rather ignorant (personally I have no time for classical or opera but each to there own I say) and certainly had "more music variety" than a certain Heart claims to have.
I understand the need to prevent interference to Emergency Services etc. but would have loved to have known if there actually was any in this case. From what I understand, having listened to Rage FM on occasions, it was "for the community" and this should be encouraged in my opinion. It may not have pandered to everyone's tastes music wise but to use the phrase "junk music" is rather ignorant (personally I have no time for classical or opera but each to there own I say) and certainly had "more music variety" than a certain Heart claims to have. minardi
  • Score: 9

9:33am Sat 19 Apr 14

TauntonSucks says...

Another nail in Taunton's cultural coffin. Junk music? What, drum n bass, dubstep and hip hop? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. Tone FM, Apple and Heart play commercial, soul-less, out-moded corporate tripe presented by irritating and ignorant media career fakes. Perhaps the anonymous culture vulture who wrote this article could enlighten us all with details of the music contained in their own collection, so we can all marvel at their superiority.

“Illegal broadcasting is a serious criminal and anti-social activity." Yeah they may as well be molesting children.

I look forward to Rage finding a new spot to do their worthy broadcasting from. Moreover, I look forward to the day humanity wakes up from its slumber to realise just how badly we have all been conned into accepting the despicable corporate empire which is now in place and which does not operate for the benefit of the people. Unfortunately that day is a long way off.

Bill Hicks was right.
Another nail in Taunton's cultural coffin. Junk music? What, drum n bass, dubstep and hip hop? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. Tone FM, Apple and Heart play commercial, soul-less, out-moded corporate tripe presented by irritating and ignorant media career fakes. Perhaps the anonymous culture vulture who wrote this article could enlighten us all with details of the music contained in their own collection, so we can all marvel at their superiority. “Illegal broadcasting is a serious criminal and anti-social activity." Yeah they may as well be molesting children. I look forward to Rage finding a new spot to do their worthy broadcasting from. Moreover, I look forward to the day humanity wakes up from its slumber to realise just how badly we have all been conned into accepting the despicable corporate empire which is now in place and which does not operate for the benefit of the people. Unfortunately that day is a long way off. Bill Hicks was right. TauntonSucks
  • Score: 13

12:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Iyahdub says...

who keeps mentioning the emergency services, surely has no idea what they are talking about... Thats BS, as with the rest of the article...
Problem is, they didnt bribed someone, like everyone else... Its all about the money !
As for junk music, i guess they were referring to the "LEGAL DIAL" radio stations... That play same crap, on monday... Tuesday, wednesday... And the rest of the week !
who keeps mentioning the emergency services, surely has no idea what they are talking about... Thats BS, as with the rest of the article... Problem is, they didnt bribed someone, like everyone else... Its all about the money ! As for junk music, i guess they were referring to the "LEGAL DIAL" radio stations... That play same crap, on monday... Tuesday, wednesday... And the rest of the week ! Iyahdub
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Tue 22 Apr 14

I Hate CSC says...

What is it with the minority in this depressing town? I've been listening to Rage now for many years, it was a breath of fresh air. I'm 47 but far from dead yet! I don't want to listen to Will-I-Am, Robbie Williams and Michael Buble on a loop tape with inane babble inbetween. Ok, so Rage play clips of Mark, The Artist Taxi Driver and he gets rather impassioned and swears a bit. If I have the.kids in the car, I press a button and guess what? It changes channel! If all stations played his rants maybe the country might finally wake up and know the truth, but I doubt the kinda person that reports Rage would agree we are being stuffed by the government and the rich. Rage is an amazing asset to the community, plays a very varied range of music, educates new generations on different genres and provides proper community information based in our town, not Bristol. I should think that the person responsible for the grassing is reading this, well I hope you are happy with yourself! You carry on trying to brainwash and control the young population of this once great county town, I'll keep donating to keep Rage on the air for the ENJOYMENT of future generations. I'd rather spend my money on that than train and bus spotting... :p
What is it with the minority in this depressing town? I've been listening to Rage now for many years, it was a breath of fresh air. I'm 47 but far from dead yet! I don't want to listen to Will-I-Am, Robbie Williams and Michael Buble on a loop tape with inane babble inbetween. Ok, so Rage play clips of Mark, The Artist Taxi Driver and he gets rather impassioned and swears a bit. If I have the.kids in the car, I press a button and guess what? It changes channel! If all stations played his rants maybe the country might finally wake up and know the truth, but I doubt the kinda person that reports Rage would agree we are being stuffed by the government and the rich. Rage is an amazing asset to the community, plays a very varied range of music, educates new generations on different genres and provides proper community information based in our town, not Bristol. I should think that the person responsible for the grassing is reading this, well I hope you are happy with yourself! You carry on trying to brainwash and control the young population of this once great county town, I'll keep donating to keep Rage on the air for the ENJOYMENT of future generations. I'd rather spend my money on that than train and bus spotting... :p I Hate CSC
  • Score: 7

8:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Dr Dave says...

It would seem I've been under a stone for ages - I've never heard of this Rage radio station!
It would seem I've been under a stone for ages - I've never heard of this Rage radio station! Dr Dave
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

jack0001 says...

We are living in "Free" country as I see . We are not allowed to say anything and broadcast anything . Licence is a legal way to control our voice . Im pretty sure we would need soon licence to write our comments in here .
We are living in "Free" country as I see . We are not allowed to say anything and broadcast anything . Licence is a legal way to control our voice . Im pretty sure we would need soon licence to write our comments in here . jack0001
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

charlie2306 says...

you know what, iv typed and deleted typed and deleted. im so angry that this small minded town is throwing the book at someone who in my eyes is a pioneer. its as though if your not seen as being "normal" and towing the line your classed as an outcast and mocked or in this case arrested. what is this world coming too? really what? junk music?? so let me put this in perspective for you. when the Olympic opening ceremony was taking place this paper and many others included in the gutter press was so complimentary about it saying how wonderful it was, what a great advert for Britain it was. did any of you see the bit right in the middle, the most colorful bit about Britain's rave culture, you remember that or just conveniently forgot. alternative music and culture is what makes this country great. not chart pap pop not mainstream nothingness. okok so rage didn't have a license, so where is the grant to help him become licensed? where is the help from the powers that be to help this guy play music to the 1000s of people who class themselves as alternative 1000s of voters and tax payers. the comment above mentioned bill hicks, yes he was right but its becoming more apparent now that George Orwell was also right with his depiction of modern Britain!
this town now has nothing for the younger generation. sorry silly me, it has plenty of places when young people can get drunk, get into fights, get in trouble and catch an sti. when i first moved here there was mr c's, chambers, aura, kingstons, etc etc whats left in this town? kode and dellers. i rest my case!!
you know what, iv typed and deleted typed and deleted. im so angry that this small minded town is throwing the book at someone who in my eyes is a pioneer. its as though if your not seen as being "normal" and towing the line your classed as an outcast and mocked or in this case arrested. what is this world coming too? really what? junk music?? so let me put this in perspective for you. when the Olympic opening ceremony was taking place this paper and many others included in the gutter press was so complimentary about it saying how wonderful it was, what a great advert for Britain it was. did any of you see the bit right in the middle, the most colorful bit about Britain's rave culture, you remember that or just conveniently forgot. alternative music and culture is what makes this country great. not chart pap pop not mainstream nothingness. okok so rage didn't have a license, so where is the grant to help him become licensed? where is the help from the powers that be to help this guy play music to the 1000s of people who class themselves as alternative 1000s of voters and tax payers. the comment above mentioned bill hicks, yes he was right but its becoming more apparent now that George Orwell was also right with his depiction of modern Britain! this town now has nothing for the younger generation. sorry silly me, it has plenty of places when young people can get drunk, get into fights, get in trouble and catch an sti. when i first moved here there was mr c's, chambers, aura, kingstons, etc etc whats left in this town? kode and dellers. i rest my case!! charlie2306
  • Score: 7

10:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

I Hate CSC says...

Do you know what gets me about this story, this situation and especially the references to junk music and swearing? Turn on your TV, put any popular radio station on. What do you see? What do you hear? A half naked Miles Cirus telling a young generation to do what they want, a bunch of people swearing and making sexual references that are bleeped and silenced so much, half the song is lost, constant references to money and possessions. BBC and commercial radio treat Will-I-Am like a god, a bloke who can't sing without electronic aids, who has made a living plagiarising other people's music, a man who has explicit content in all his music and videos. So isn't that junk? Isn't that profanity? Isn't this more of a blight on our young generation than a station playing reggae and ska? Or is it more about the money? It's certainly not about the airwaves, you would need to be quite a f*uckwit not to know emergency services and aircraft don't use this waveband. Appalling situation and equally appalling journalism.
Do you know what gets me about this story, this situation and especially the references to junk music and swearing? Turn on your TV, put any popular radio station on. What do you see? What do you hear? A half naked Miles Cirus telling a young generation to do what they want, a bunch of people swearing and making sexual references that are bleeped and silenced so much, half the song is lost, constant references to money and possessions. BBC and commercial radio treat Will-I-Am like a god, a bloke who can't sing without electronic aids, who has made a living plagiarising other people's music, a man who has explicit content in all his music and videos. So isn't that junk? Isn't that profanity? Isn't this more of a blight on our young generation than a station playing reggae and ska? Or is it more about the money? It's certainly not about the airwaves, you would need to be quite a f*uckwit not to know emergency services and aircraft don't use this waveband. Appalling situation and equally appalling journalism. I Hate CSC
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

TauntonSucks wrote:
Another nail in Taunton's cultural coffin. Junk music? What, drum n bass, dubstep and hip hop? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. Tone FM, Apple and Heart play commercial, soul-less, out-moded corporate tripe presented by irritating and ignorant media career fakes. Perhaps the anonymous culture vulture who wrote this article could enlighten us all with details of the music contained in their own collection, so we can all marvel at their superiority.

“Illegal broadcasting is a serious criminal and anti-social activity." Yeah they may as well be molesting children.

I look forward to Rage finding a new spot to do their worthy broadcasting from. Moreover, I look forward to the day humanity wakes up from its slumber to realise just how badly we have all been conned into accepting the despicable corporate empire which is now in place and which does not operate for the benefit of the people. Unfortunately that day is a long way off.

Bill Hicks was right.
this from the dj himself, pat your self on the back for getting your self shut down, if you had any talent as a dj rather than inflicting the county your poor taste in music then you might still be on air or even have a job in a proper radio station, exactly how did you think that playing a track loaded with swear words at 3:00 in the afternoon wasn't going to get complaints, you may think your providing a great service to deteriorating rave generation, but there are actually family's out there that don't want their children listening to it and have a right to protect them from you!
[quote][p][bold]TauntonSucks[/bold] wrote: Another nail in Taunton's cultural coffin. Junk music? What, drum n bass, dubstep and hip hop? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. Tone FM, Apple and Heart play commercial, soul-less, out-moded corporate tripe presented by irritating and ignorant media career fakes. Perhaps the anonymous culture vulture who wrote this article could enlighten us all with details of the music contained in their own collection, so we can all marvel at their superiority. “Illegal broadcasting is a serious criminal and anti-social activity." Yeah they may as well be molesting children. I look forward to Rage finding a new spot to do their worthy broadcasting from. Moreover, I look forward to the day humanity wakes up from its slumber to realise just how badly we have all been conned into accepting the despicable corporate empire which is now in place and which does not operate for the benefit of the people. Unfortunately that day is a long way off. Bill Hicks was right.[/p][/quote]this from the dj himself, pat your self on the back for getting your self shut down, if you had any talent as a dj rather than inflicting the county your poor taste in music then you might still be on air or even have a job in a proper radio station, exactly how did you think that playing a track loaded with swear words at 3:00 in the afternoon wasn't going to get complaints, you may think your providing a great service to deteriorating rave generation, but there are actually family's out there that don't want their children listening to it and have a right to protect them from you! nat_11
  • Score: -3

3:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

I Hate CSC says...

Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it?
Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it? I Hate CSC
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

I Hate CSC wrote:
Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it?
its called a responsible society, if you choose to be a rude and insulting class, you can keep it to your self!

and also its called being talented , putting together quality music to listen to, not just a station to exert your political restrictions and bad taste, strange how they cant get an official licence for this trash!
[quote][p][bold]I Hate CSC[/bold] wrote: Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it?[/p][/quote]its called a responsible society, if you choose to be a rude and insulting class, you can keep it to your self! and also its called being talented , putting together quality music to listen to, not just a station to exert your political restrictions and bad taste, strange how they cant get an official licence for this trash! nat_11
  • Score: -4

5:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

I Hate CSC wrote:
Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it?
oh and ps, I hate you!
[quote][p][bold]I Hate CSC[/bold] wrote: Nat, you have the ultimate control over what you and your kids listen to, it's called parenting. There's various knobs, buttons and switches at your disposal, you have the choice to use them as you wish. Why remove others choice because YOU don't like it?[/p][/quote]oh and ps, I hate you! nat_11
  • Score: -2

6:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

I Hate CSC says...

Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody
Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody I Hate CSC
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

I Hate CSC wrote:
Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody
quality music was something that was not on rage fm, more like boot sale records recycled,

is there a law stating that I cant hate you , no , I though not , chew it!
[quote][p][bold]I Hate CSC[/bold] wrote: Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody[/p][/quote]quality music was something that was not on rage fm, more like boot sale records recycled, is there a law stating that I cant hate you , no , I though not , chew it! nat_11
  • Score: -3

7:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

I Hate CSC wrote:
Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody
what a pathetic come back , emm you must hate every one, what a sad view you have
[quote][p][bold]I Hate CSC[/bold] wrote: Quality music? What do you call quality music, exactly? What do you let your kids listen to? Furthermore, how can you hate me? You don't know me or nothing about me? Or do you work for Csc, in which case you hate everybody[/p][/quote]what a pathetic come back , emm you must hate every one, what a sad view you have nat_11
  • Score: 2

7:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

fact of the matter is , is rage fm haven't got the quality or experience to produce a radio show that is of a legal standard, and they'll never get a licence,

so if they buy more broadcasting equipment it wont be long before there shut down again! bad luck!
fact of the matter is , is rage fm haven't got the quality or experience to produce a radio show that is of a legal standard, and they'll never get a licence, so if they buy more broadcasting equipment it wont be long before there shut down again! bad luck! nat_11
  • Score: -2

8:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

minardi says...

Although I'm not, I take it you're a pro DJ then nat_11 who has both the knowledge and experience to produce a radio show for the likes of Heart, Capital, Absolute etc? Hmm, thought not!

Fact of the matter is Rage FM produced something that was "not to your liking" and you come across as a rather selfish, ignorant person who needs to be more accepting rather than spouting "hate" comments.

As for your kids, I suspect they've probably heard and said worse at school or in the playground at 3:00 in the afternoon of whatever school you send them to.
Although I'm not, I take it you're a pro DJ then nat_11 who has both the knowledge and experience to produce a radio show for the likes of Heart, Capital, Absolute etc? Hmm, thought not! Fact of the matter is Rage FM produced something that was "not to your liking" and you come across as a rather selfish, ignorant person who needs to be more accepting rather than spouting "hate" comments. As for your kids, I suspect they've probably heard and said worse at school or in the playground at 3:00 in the afternoon of whatever school you send them to. minardi
  • Score: 1

8:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

RageFM says...

**Statement of response to press : Re: Rage FM closed down following police raid in Taunton, the morning of 17th April 2014**

Here we have another 'nail in Taunton's cultural coffin' by a minority of miseries. Other FM stations offer little more than mainstream music and celebrity gossip. Rage speaks the truth from the heart and soul of the community, uncensored with a truly diverse music selection. 'Junk music?' What, drum n bass, dubstep, hip hop and other world music? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds.

It's sad a minority feel the need to kick up and have something positive stopped for the majority. Any concerns people have or something they want aired, we'll happily assist - always have been. If it's the expletives, we'll cut them out before watershed. Although no official watershed exists for UK radio, we can be more sensitive about the times certain content is broadcast ie no swearing before 9pm. But those who don't like it, don't have to listen, there's plenty of mainstream stations to choose from.

In response to Ofcom's statement
Our broadcast equipment never interfered with anything including communication apparatus of the emergency services. No such evidence exists. To avoid such thing happening, we went to a qualified engineer to have it serviced and tested. We've not heard of any nuisense caused to other broadcasters or negative impact on this community. In fact stacks of evidence exists to the contary showing that as a whole the community views this station as a valuable asset to the area. Local artists, producers, DJs, musicians, performings arts and local students all have enjoyed taking part in providing content to the local community via Rage FM. The station also aired regular announcements, emergency travel updates and weather including detailed reports during the winter floods. Scores of listeners have enjoyed the content.

Their entire statement is a generalisation and grossly inaccurate about us, misrepresenting what we're actually about and attempting to scare monger the general public by tarnishing us with irresponsible broadcasters. They're extremely negative.

A listener commented on our website: Where is the grant to become licensed? "Where is the help from the powers that be to help play music to the thousands of people who class themselves as alternative, thousands of voters and tax payers".

We don't harm anybody, are not for profit and enjoy sharing interesting music and speech to the population.The station is run by volunteers and operates at a loss, relying on donations to survive. A licence would be an out of reach expense without serious financial assistance. That we fear along with endless red tape, would water down the station from what it is today.

It may be off air for now but we're not going to back down. As soon as new funds are raised and a new location found, it'll be back on air.

Kind Regards

Rage FM team
**Statement of response to press : Re: Rage FM closed down following police raid in Taunton, the morning of 17th April 2014** Here we have another 'nail in Taunton's cultural coffin' by a minority of miseries. Other FM stations offer little more than mainstream music and celebrity gossip. Rage speaks the truth from the heart and soul of the community, uncensored with a truly diverse music selection. 'Junk music?' What, drum n bass, dubstep, hip hop and other world music? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. It's sad a minority feel the need to kick up and have something positive stopped for the majority. Any concerns people have or something they want aired, we'll happily assist - always have been. If it's the expletives, we'll cut them out before watershed. Although no official watershed exists for UK radio, we can be more sensitive about the times certain content is broadcast ie no swearing before 9pm. But those who don't like it, don't have to listen, there's plenty of mainstream stations to choose from. In response to Ofcom's statement Our broadcast equipment never interfered with anything including communication apparatus of the emergency services. No such evidence exists. To avoid such thing happening, we went to a qualified engineer to have it serviced and tested. We've not heard of any nuisense caused to other broadcasters or negative impact on this community. In fact stacks of evidence exists to the contary showing that as a whole the community views this station as a valuable asset to the area. Local artists, producers, DJs, musicians, performings arts and local students all have enjoyed taking part in providing content to the local community via Rage FM. The station also aired regular announcements, emergency travel updates and weather including detailed reports during the winter floods. Scores of listeners have enjoyed the content. Their entire statement is a generalisation and grossly inaccurate about us, misrepresenting what we're actually about and attempting to scare monger the general public by tarnishing us with irresponsible broadcasters. They're extremely negative. A listener commented on our website: Where is the grant to become licensed? "Where is the help from the powers that be to help play music to the thousands of people who class themselves as alternative, thousands of voters and tax payers". We don't harm anybody, are not for profit and enjoy sharing interesting music and speech to the population.The station is run by volunteers and operates at a loss, relying on donations to survive. A licence would be an out of reach expense without serious financial assistance. That we fear along with endless red tape, would water down the station from what it is today. It may be off air for now but we're not going to back down. As soon as new funds are raised and a new location found, it'll be back on air. Kind Regards Rage FM team RageFM
  • Score: 5

8:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

minardi wrote:
Although I'm not, I take it you're a pro DJ then nat_11 who has both the knowledge and experience to produce a radio show for the likes of Heart, Capital, Absolute etc? Hmm, thought not!

Fact of the matter is Rage FM produced something that was "not to your liking" and you come across as a rather selfish, ignorant person who needs to be more accepting rather than spouting "hate" comments.

As for your kids, I suspect they've probably heard and said worse at school or in the playground at 3:00 in the afternoon of whatever school you send them to.
I don't know where your family are from but if you consider the language used on this show to be acceptable then I really do not ever want to meet you, as for your obnoxious comments on me being ignorant then you are a moron,

if I don't want to listen to irate dj's then I shouldn't have to , glad it got shut down, and the fact they had no licence proves that there incapable of the job,
[quote][p][bold]minardi[/bold] wrote: Although I'm not, I take it you're a pro DJ then nat_11 who has both the knowledge and experience to produce a radio show for the likes of Heart, Capital, Absolute etc? Hmm, thought not! Fact of the matter is Rage FM produced something that was "not to your liking" and you come across as a rather selfish, ignorant person who needs to be more accepting rather than spouting "hate" comments. As for your kids, I suspect they've probably heard and said worse at school or in the playground at 3:00 in the afternoon of whatever school you send them to.[/p][/quote]I don't know where your family are from but if you consider the language used on this show to be acceptable then I really do not ever want to meet you, as for your obnoxious comments on me being ignorant then you are a moron, if I don't want to listen to irate dj's then I shouldn't have to , glad it got shut down, and the fact they had no licence proves that there incapable of the job, nat_11
  • Score: -4

9:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

RageFM wrote:
**Statement of response to press : Re: Rage FM closed down following police raid in Taunton, the morning of 17th April 2014**

Here we have another 'nail in Taunton's cultural coffin' by a minority of miseries. Other FM stations offer little more than mainstream music and celebrity gossip. Rage speaks the truth from the heart and soul of the community, uncensored with a truly diverse music selection. 'Junk music?' What, drum n bass, dubstep, hip hop and other world music? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds.

It's sad a minority feel the need to kick up and have something positive stopped for the majority. Any concerns people have or something they want aired, we'll happily assist - always have been. If it's the expletives, we'll cut them out before watershed. Although no official watershed exists for UK radio, we can be more sensitive about the times certain content is broadcast ie no swearing before 9pm. But those who don't like it, don't have to listen, there's plenty of mainstream stations to choose from.

In response to Ofcom's statement
Our broadcast equipment never interfered with anything including communication apparatus of the emergency services. No such evidence exists. To avoid such thing happening, we went to a qualified engineer to have it serviced and tested. We've not heard of any nuisense caused to other broadcasters or negative impact on this community. In fact stacks of evidence exists to the contary showing that as a whole the community views this station as a valuable asset to the area. Local artists, producers, DJs, musicians, performings arts and local students all have enjoyed taking part in providing content to the local community via Rage FM. The station also aired regular announcements, emergency travel updates and weather including detailed reports during the winter floods. Scores of listeners have enjoyed the content.

Their entire statement is a generalisation and grossly inaccurate about us, misrepresenting what we're actually about and attempting to scare monger the general public by tarnishing us with irresponsible broadcasters. They're extremely negative.

A listener commented on our website: Where is the grant to become licensed? "Where is the help from the powers that be to help play music to the thousands of people who class themselves as alternative, thousands of voters and tax payers".

We don't harm anybody, are not for profit and enjoy sharing interesting music and speech to the population.The station is run by volunteers and operates at a loss, relying on donations to survive. A licence would be an out of reach expense without serious financial assistance. That we fear along with endless red tape, would water down the station from what it is today.

It may be off air for now but we're not going to back down. As soon as new funds are raised and a new location found, it'll be back on air.

Kind Regards

Rage FM team
note to rage fm,

don't you have to buy a licence, of have certification to be able to do the job! of which you don't have either,
makes me laugh at your responses, as you haven't even bothered to sort your self out in the time you've been on air!
[quote][p][bold]RageFM[/bold] wrote: **Statement of response to press : Re: Rage FM closed down following police raid in Taunton, the morning of 17th April 2014** Here we have another 'nail in Taunton's cultural coffin' by a minority of miseries. Other FM stations offer little more than mainstream music and celebrity gossip. Rage speaks the truth from the heart and soul of the community, uncensored with a truly diverse music selection. 'Junk music?' What, drum n bass, dubstep, hip hop and other world music? That's very insulting to the scores of millions of people around the globe who love this music and have great times bouncing around in fields, nightclubs, beaches and bars soaking up these amazing sounds. It's sad a minority feel the need to kick up and have something positive stopped for the majority. Any concerns people have or something they want aired, we'll happily assist - always have been. If it's the expletives, we'll cut them out before watershed. Although no official watershed exists for UK radio, we can be more sensitive about the times certain content is broadcast ie no swearing before 9pm. But those who don't like it, don't have to listen, there's plenty of mainstream stations to choose from. In response to Ofcom's statement Our broadcast equipment never interfered with anything including communication apparatus of the emergency services. No such evidence exists. To avoid such thing happening, we went to a qualified engineer to have it serviced and tested. We've not heard of any nuisense caused to other broadcasters or negative impact on this community. In fact stacks of evidence exists to the contary showing that as a whole the community views this station as a valuable asset to the area. Local artists, producers, DJs, musicians, performings arts and local students all have enjoyed taking part in providing content to the local community via Rage FM. The station also aired regular announcements, emergency travel updates and weather including detailed reports during the winter floods. Scores of listeners have enjoyed the content. Their entire statement is a generalisation and grossly inaccurate about us, misrepresenting what we're actually about and attempting to scare monger the general public by tarnishing us with irresponsible broadcasters. They're extremely negative. A listener commented on our website: Where is the grant to become licensed? "Where is the help from the powers that be to help play music to the thousands of people who class themselves as alternative, thousands of voters and tax payers". We don't harm anybody, are not for profit and enjoy sharing interesting music and speech to the population.The station is run by volunteers and operates at a loss, relying on donations to survive. A licence would be an out of reach expense without serious financial assistance. That we fear along with endless red tape, would water down the station from what it is today. It may be off air for now but we're not going to back down. As soon as new funds are raised and a new location found, it'll be back on air. Kind Regards Rage FM team[/p][/quote]note to rage fm, don't you have to buy a licence, of have certification to be able to do the job! of which you don't have either, makes me laugh at your responses, as you haven't even bothered to sort your self out in the time you've been on air! nat_11
  • Score: -4

9:03pm Fri 25 Apr 14

minardi says...

It's easy then if you don't want to listen to bad language and irate DJs; turn off the radio or change channel!!! "Simples" as a certain meerkat says.

As for calling me a moron well proves my point really...
It's easy then if you don't want to listen to bad language and irate DJs; turn off the radio or change channel!!! "Simples" as a certain meerkat says. As for calling me a moron well proves my point really... minardi
  • Score: 2

9:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

minardi wrote:
It's easy then if you don't want to listen to bad language and irate DJs; turn off the radio or change channel!!! "Simples" as a certain meerkat says.

As for calling me a moron well proves my point really...
what are you on about " it proves your point" what I'm stating and will freely say again as its my right to do so,

is that the quality of this station is severely poor in consideration to other radio stations, it then turned into a station to air your political grievances on, yeah - that's real good listening, and then the station decides that its ok to constantly swear, , then funnily enough there shut down,

Ofcom, provide licences to legitimate radio stations to ensure standards are keep, its like racist comments - sexism, or fowl language , just because your saying awww just switch off, doesn't make in any way right,
so in fact its not simple, its bedroom dj rubbish
[quote][p][bold]minardi[/bold] wrote: It's easy then if you don't want to listen to bad language and irate DJs; turn off the radio or change channel!!! "Simples" as a certain meerkat says. As for calling me a moron well proves my point really...[/p][/quote]what are you on about " it proves your point" what I'm stating and will freely say again as its my right to do so, is that the quality of this station is severely poor in consideration to other radio stations, it then turned into a station to air your political grievances on, yeah - that's real good listening, and then the station decides that its ok to constantly swear, , then funnily enough there shut down, Ofcom, provide licences to legitimate radio stations to ensure standards are keep, its like racist comments - sexism, or fowl language , just because your saying awww just switch off, doesn't make in any way right, so in fact its not simple, its bedroom dj rubbish nat_11
  • Score: -3

9:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

minardi says...

If you are being serious, all I'll say is thanks for providing me with some entertainment on Friday night nat_11...
If you are being serious, all I'll say is thanks for providing me with some entertainment on Friday night nat_11... minardi
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

I'll be frank , I'd really like to say this to your face as obviously you have no legitimate argument and have no idea what your on about,
if you miss it - GO BUY A CD
I'll be frank , I'd really like to say this to your face as obviously you have no legitimate argument and have no idea what your on about, if you miss it - GO BUY A CD nat_11
  • Score: -3

9:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

minardi says...

:-)
:-) minardi
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

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.................... .................... ........... nat_11
  • Score: -3

11:25pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Ryski1 says...

Junk music.... wow. Gonna have to keep an ear out for that always interesting to hear new genres.
Junk music.... wow. Gonna have to keep an ear out for that always interesting to hear new genres. Ryski1
  • Score: 2

1:31am Sat 26 Apr 14

I Hate CSC says...

Strange how you didn't answer my question on what constitutes good music and the more you post, the more it is obvious you work for a rival station playing bland dross all day long. You state in one of your rambles above that it's your right to do so, we'll isn't it our right to listen to what we want? Or can we only do that if it's to your personal taste? You going to share that taste? I will must also point out a few things, one is I have never heard a Rage Fm DJ swear, not once. I can only assume that you are on about Mark, the artist taxi driver who posts daily on YouTube. I'm sure Rage will correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe he has any connection to Rage Fm. Although expletive laden and maybe only suitable for evening transmission, his views are free to see onyYouTube 24/7. As for "fowl language", I have never, ever heard one cluck or ****-a-doodle do broadcast by Rage. All I can say is judging by your comments, you obviously didn't get any head this morning. Toodle pip.
Strange how you didn't answer my question on what constitutes good music and the more you post, the more it is obvious you work for a rival station playing bland dross all day long. You state in one of your rambles above that it's your right to do so, we'll isn't it our right to listen to what we want? Or can we only do that if it's to your personal taste? You going to share that taste? I will must also point out a few things, one is I have never heard a Rage Fm DJ swear, not once. I can only assume that you are on about Mark, the artist taxi driver who posts daily on YouTube. I'm sure Rage will correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe he has any connection to Rage Fm. Although expletive laden and maybe only suitable for evening transmission, his views are free to see onyYouTube 24/7. As for "fowl language", I have never, ever heard one cluck or ****-a-doodle do broadcast by Rage. All I can say is judging by your comments, you obviously didn't get any head this morning. Toodle pip. I Hate CSC
  • Score: 2

1:47am Sat 26 Apr 14

Ryski1 says...

Rage FM is the only platform for musicians in the area to have their music aired. How many exciting new Djs and producers do heart FM and all the rest of those commercial stations push through the ranks? I know the music that rage FM broadcasts doesn't fit in with the current trash pop paradigm but I know I'm not the only one who enjoys their output. The fact that there is a station which can be approached by budding new artists (of which there are a lot in the area) is something that should be embraced and nurtured. All the live music venues in taunton are dead or dying, guess the tory council are dead set on destroying the last bastion of culture in taunton as well. Shame.
Rage FM is the only platform for musicians in the area to have their music aired. How many exciting new Djs and producers do heart FM and all the rest of those commercial stations push through the ranks? I know the music that rage FM broadcasts doesn't fit in with the current trash pop paradigm but I know I'm not the only one who enjoys their output. The fact that there is a station which can be approached by budding new artists (of which there are a lot in the area) is something that should be embraced and nurtured. All the live music venues in taunton are dead or dying, guess the tory council are dead set on destroying the last bastion of culture in taunton as well. Shame. Ryski1
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sun 27 Apr 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

Junk music??!! How intriguing!!..

As Ryski1 wrote above... must listen out for this new musical genre!!

Will miss listening to Rage - it offered a genuine musical alternative. It offered a refreshing oasis in the bland featureless musical desert that is the radio airwaves.

The dull homogeneous, predictable, uniform, soulless, corporate/state radio stations that proliferate and dominate the radio airwaves are the musical and cultural equivalent to McDonalds.

The McDonalds-isation of popular 'culture' for the masses has been so thoroughly 'successful, that Perhaps we should consider adding 'McCulture' to join the word 'McJob' in the Oxford English Dictionary?

Much of the criticism and attacks on Rage have focused on the need to 'maintain or safeguard standards'. This post examines some of thes 'standards' that are so heartily cherished by the establishment, whilst particularly focusing on Sexism in the music industry.

Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video and appearance at the Video Music Awards, created a flurry of opinion.

The Sun told her to "put it away", the Daily Mail praised her for "showing off her toned stomach" and Sinead O'Connor wrote her an open letter.

She talked about the music industry exploiting women to make money, summing it up with, "I've been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked."

Some commentators have argued that this is just liberation. It is true that it has been a positive step forward for women that we do not need to hide our bodies.

Particularly through the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which took sexual liberation as one of its main aims, many women gained confidence in being able to express their sexuality.

So there is nothing wrong with women like Miley Cyrus expressing themselves in their music videos, and care needs to be taken not to make the debate about criticising or passing judgement on individuals. But an important question is, who is benefitting? Is it really liberation when all women are expected to fit into a very narrow view of sexuality?



The picture here isn't of women expressing themselves, but women being used by the media and music industries.

Charlotte Church, in her contribution to the Cyrus debate, said: "The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented to the public."

It isn't just the way women are represented but who is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

The Financial Times found that despite the top 40 best-selling albums last year being roughly equally by male and female acts, that the majority were written and produced by men.

The Performing Rights Society, representing songwriters and composers, has only a 13% female membership.

Spotify, an online music supplier, found that men are less likely than women to listen to artists of the opposite sex.

Research by the British Phonographic Industry found that men make up 65% of the buyers of music and every music genre is listened to by more men than women.

The music industry is controlled by a handful of businesses, who make a fortune through exploiting the talents of women and men and the industry's workers.

But the rich bosses, mainly men, decide what they think their mainly male audience wants - and women are used as a means to sell a product and make a profit.

This isn't to say that there aren't successful female artists who are appreciated for their talent but even then they are often judged on their appearance.

Like in most other parts of our lives under capitalism, the impression is that there is more value in the way women look than in anything we say or do.

The music industry reflects how power, money and control are used throughout society. It also shows how capitalism turns everything into a commodity which can be bought and sold. Artistic talent is often restricted in the interests of profit.

Capitalism is supposed to be a system of choice. Instead, pop stars today are encouraged to look and sound the same.

Most music in the charts is generic, with no real commentary or protest at what's happening in the world around us and what working class people experience.



Anything different is often considered not to have 'a market' and the artists are refused any help from the big record labels.

The effects of all this on the way that women are often represented in the music industry is glaring.

This one-sided view of women sells because it fits in with how the genders are regarded generally within society - that women are submissive to men, that men are the providers while women are there to be looked at.

At the Video Music Awards, Cyrus 'twerked' with Robin Thicke while wearing a skin-coloured latex bikini along to his song Blurred Lines.

Thicke says the song is about the "relationship between men and women" but it is widely interpreted to be about the supposed 'blurred lines' between consensual sex and rape.

In the video, Thicke and his male co-performers are fully clothed while women dance around in their underwear, including one being led on her knees by a dog lead - Thicke sings: "I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it".

The director of Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video is notorious photographer Terry Richardson. He has boasted that his photo shoots have ended with models "performing sex acts" on him and that he is a "powerful guy...dominating all these girls".

But music is also a method of expression and so can be used for protest and rebellion of women, such as the riot grrrl movement in the 1990s and more recently the protest and subsequent jailing of Russian band **** Riot.

The discussion around Miley Cyrus' behaviour has opened an important debate at a time when more and more women are making their voices heard against sexism.

Women now need to campaign for their rights in the music industry. But particularly important is tackling sexism, objectification and rape culture - through campaigns like Rape is No Joke - wherever they rear their ugly head and fighting for an alternative to the capitalist system that engenders them.

Don't just get angry...Get organised...

Find out more or join the Socialist Party at www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Junk music??!! How intriguing!!.. As Ryski1 wrote above... must listen out for this new musical genre!! Will miss listening to Rage - it offered a genuine musical alternative. It offered a refreshing oasis in the bland featureless musical desert that is the radio airwaves. The dull homogeneous, predictable, uniform, soulless, corporate/state radio stations that proliferate and dominate the radio airwaves are the musical and cultural equivalent to McDonalds. The McDonalds-isation of popular 'culture' for the masses has been so thoroughly 'successful, that Perhaps we should consider adding 'McCulture' to join the word 'McJob' in the Oxford English Dictionary? Much of the criticism and attacks on Rage have focused on the need to 'maintain or safeguard standards'. This post examines some of thes 'standards' that are so heartily cherished by the establishment, whilst particularly focusing on Sexism in the music industry. Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video and appearance at the Video Music Awards, created a flurry of opinion. The Sun told her to "put it away", the Daily Mail praised her for "showing off her toned stomach" and Sinead O'Connor wrote her an open letter. She talked about the music industry exploiting women to make money, summing it up with, "I've been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked." Some commentators have argued that this is just liberation. It is true that it has been a positive step forward for women that we do not need to hide our bodies. Particularly through the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which took sexual liberation as one of its main aims, many women gained confidence in being able to express their sexuality. So there is nothing wrong with women like Miley Cyrus expressing themselves in their music videos, and care needs to be taken not to make the debate about criticising or passing judgement on individuals. But an important question is, who is benefitting? Is it really liberation when all women are expected to fit into a very narrow view of sexuality? The picture here isn't of women expressing themselves, but women being used by the media and music industries. Charlotte Church, in her contribution to the Cyrus debate, said: "The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented to the public." It isn't just the way women are represented but who is pulling the strings behind the scenes. The Financial Times found that despite the top 40 best-selling albums last year being roughly equally by male and female acts, that the majority were written and produced by men. The Performing Rights Society, representing songwriters and composers, has only a 13% female membership. Spotify, an online music supplier, found that men are less likely than women to listen to artists of the opposite sex. Research by the British Phonographic Industry found that men make up 65% of the buyers of music and every music genre is listened to by more men than women. The music industry is controlled by a handful of businesses, who make a fortune through exploiting the talents of women and men and the industry's workers. But the rich bosses, mainly men, decide what they think their mainly male audience wants - and women are used as a means to sell a product and make a profit. This isn't to say that there aren't successful female artists who are appreciated for their talent but even then they are often judged on their appearance. Like in most other parts of our lives under capitalism, the impression is that there is more value in the way women look than in anything we say or do. The music industry reflects how power, money and control are used throughout society. It also shows how capitalism turns everything into a commodity which can be bought and sold. Artistic talent is often restricted in the interests of profit. Capitalism is supposed to be a system of choice. Instead, pop stars today are encouraged to look and sound the same. Most music in the charts is generic, with no real commentary or protest at what's happening in the world around us and what working class people experience. Anything different is often considered not to have 'a market' and the artists are refused any help from the big record labels. The effects of all this on the way that women are often represented in the music industry is glaring. This one-sided view of women sells because it fits in with how the genders are regarded generally within society - that women are submissive to men, that men are the providers while women are there to be looked at. At the Video Music Awards, Cyrus 'twerked' with Robin Thicke while wearing a skin-coloured latex bikini along to his song Blurred Lines. Thicke says the song is about the "relationship between men and women" but it is widely interpreted to be about the supposed 'blurred lines' between consensual sex and rape. In the video, Thicke and his male co-performers are fully clothed while women dance around in their underwear, including one being led on her knees by a dog lead - Thicke sings: "I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it". The director of Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video is notorious photographer Terry Richardson. He has boasted that his photo shoots have ended with models "performing sex acts" on him and that he is a "powerful guy...dominating all these girls". But music is also a method of expression and so can be used for protest and rebellion of women, such as the riot grrrl movement in the 1990s and more recently the protest and subsequent jailing of Russian band **** Riot. The discussion around Miley Cyrus' behaviour has opened an important debate at a time when more and more women are making their voices heard against sexism. Women now need to campaign for their rights in the music industry. But particularly important is tackling sexism, objectification and rape culture - through campaigns like Rape is No Joke - wherever they rear their ugly head and fighting for an alternative to the capitalist system that engenders them. Don't just get angry...Get organised... Find out more or join the Socialist Party at www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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