Interview, Leon Rosselson's Blog

I Knew The Answer Long Ago: Leon Rosselson

Radio Kingston— Freedom Highway
By Nick Panken

Leon Rosselson has spent a lifetime chronicling the times in song and envisioning the birth of a world after capitalism. He joins from his home in England to walk us through his life, from growing up in a left wing Jewish household during World War II, to writing songs imagining the relationship between Jewish children persecuted by Nazis and children in Gaza persecuted by the Israeli government. This lifetime of songwriting has been summarized in the recent compilation album Chronicling The Times, as well as his recent memoir Where Are The Elephants? which serves as the framework for our conversation.

Song of the Old Communist | Leon Rosselson | Wo Sind Die Elefanten? | 1991

Wo Sin Die Elefanten | Leon Rosselson | Wo Sind Die Elefanten? | 1991

Flower Power = Bread | Leon Rosselson | A Laugh, A Song And A Hand-Grenade | 1968

The Ballad of Rivka and Mohammed | Leon Rosselson | Where Are The Barricades? | 2016

Song of the Olive Tree | Leon Rosselson | Celebrating Subversion: The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow | 2012

Talking Democracy Blues | Leon Rosselson | The World Turned Upside Down | 2011

Postcard From Cuba | Leon Rosselson | Harry’s Gone Fishing | 1999

The Song of Martin Fontasch | Leon Rosselson | The Last Chance | 2010

The Last Chance | Leon Rosselson | The Last Chance | 2010