033 – Revolution – Gerry Colvin



Original Version recorded 19 and 24 July, 13 and 21 August 1968

Ukulele version recorded April 5 2012


Gerry Colvin: The Vocalist

Terry Radigan: Backing vocals

David Barratt: Ukulele and everything else


Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir Mobile, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire England


Written by John Lennon

Credited to Lennon & McCartney






Class War is big business. It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine a world without capitalism. Lennon knew this. 


John lennon had given support to the Trotskyist Workers Revolutionary Party/Socialist Labor League and felt betrayed by their desire to change the world though violence. 


Lennon was staunchly anti-violence for a very good reason.  When he was young he was not adverse to punching the odd guy or gal who got in his way. He understood the seduction and buzz that violence could give and had decided personally to repudiate that part of himself. “Revolution” is the personal made political.


The Ukulele version was recorded on Gerry Colvin’s estate in Warwickshire. Gerry is not bothered by Revolution, he embraces it. 


Gerry’s company “Revoulution Inc.” (registered in The Cayman Islands for tax purposes) is the exclusive supplier of leisure wear to The Occupy Movement in The United States. His factory in Wuhan, China, churns out hundreds of thousands anti-capitalism paraphernalia items.


Gerry knows the revolution will be televised and has made a very decent bid on the rights.





Gerry was born in Barrow-in-Furness abducted and was raised in Orpington, Kent.  


In the early 1980’s he co-founded the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ’Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the US and appeared on countless TV shows including "The Tube" and "The Old Grey Whistle Test". Their five singles and album all reached No.1 on the indie charts.


In the nineties Gerry spent time in Nashville – working as a professional songwriter and later collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also wrote TV themes, musicals and film scores. 

In addition to forming ‘The Atlantics’ in the early nineties, Gerry has also compered at Glastonbury Festival, appeared as a corpse in the BBC’s medical drama ‘Casualty’, sung Big Band swing with the National Screen Orchestra and performed as a  comedy double act with Mackenzie Crook. 


Since 1995 Gerry has worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They have released six acclaimed album and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. 


In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for best folk act. Their latest album ‘CQ5’ is released March 2012.


Gerry has also completed a solo jazz album and written a collection of short stories and poems. 


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