Thursday 4 November 19.00 – 20.00

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

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 panellists – musicians Emeli Sandé and Corinne Bailey Rae, and the writers Stuart Cosgrove and Nelson George – 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. 

Read Professor Mark Banks’s thoughts on the event and the lasting influence of Gaye’s album in The Scotsman.

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