The Political Calypso: True Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago, 1962-1987

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Acknowledgements

I owe so much to so many people that I can only mention those whose immediate influence and assistance can be seen and felt in the production of this book:

Eustace Ward who so kindly provided all but one of the photographs used in this book;

the Guardian newspapers for permission to reproduce the photograph of Dr Eric Williams and the Mighty Sparrow on page 194;

Professor Gordon Rohlehr, who introduced me to the study of the calypso and encouraged - if not nudged - me into serious work; and also for permission to use material from Pathfinder and from Calypso and Society in Pre-Independence Trinidad;

Squibby and his many friends, including Warrior (deceased), and Tenderspot (now Kinte), who gave me the calypsonian's perspective on the calypso;

Zeno Obi Constance, my brother-at-arms, who put his collection at my disposal and whose ear is ever attuned to discourse on the calypso; and for permission to quote from Valentino: Poet and Prophet;

The 84 calypsonians whose work I used in the study, and the many others whose work I did not quote or allude to but found useful in terms of perspective on the period;

Sparrow, Stalin, Valentino, Composer, Short Pants, Rawle Aimey and Glen Roach, who kindly consented to be interviewed;

Anthony des Caires, James Baisden and Irwin Barry who allowed me the use of their collections,

Mrs Donna Coombes-Montrose and Mr Jerry Kangalee of the OWTU library, who brought to my attention material which I didn't even know existed;

Dr Hollis Liverpool, for permission to quote from Kaiso and Society;

Pat McNeely of COTT for permission to use calypso lyrics;

Professor Selwyn Ryan for use of material from Race and Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago, The Disillusioned Electorate, The 1970 Black Power Revolution and from ISER publications;

Eugene Norville, Carlyle Ledgerwood, Krishna Samaroo, Oliver Henry and Kenneth Glasgow, all of Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive, whose discussions with me proved invaluable;

Gerard David and Novack George who programmed my computer and walked me through the fundamentals of computer literacy;

and my family, who understood and supported.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • List of Abbreviations xv
  • 1 - The Calypso and Politics 1956-1962 1
  • 2 - The Model Nation 1963-1965 20
  • 3 - God Bless Our Nation 1966-1970 37
  • 4 - The Roaring Seventies 1971-1975 69
  • 5 - "I, Eric Eustace Williams" 1976-1981 121
  • 6 - "The Sinking Ship" 1982-1986 163
  • 7 - Happy Anniversary: the 25th Anniversary of Independence Calypso Monarch Competition 195
  • 8 - Ars Poetica 208
  • Conclusion 236
  • Afterword 238
  • Notes 240
  • Appendixes 257
  • Bibliography 269
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