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MacColl, Parker and Seeger
The Body Blow (Radio Ballads: The Radio Ballads Vol 5

MacColl and Seeger considered this to be their most innovative Radio Ballad, stretching the concept further and creating an appropriate form for themes and subjects on a smaller canvas.

The Body Blow was originally conceived as an exploration of the psychology of pain, but the project eventually focused on the subject of polio myelitis, through 'a journey into the minds of two partially and three totally disabled people'. Inspired partly by the montage sequences in Alain Resnais' film, Last Year in Marienbad, the programme was made in a much shorter time and with a considerably smaller budget than the previous radio-ballads. Despite scepticism in t he print media before its transmission, the critics hailed it as a tour de force. It was never released as an LP, but tapes have since been used in hospitals and health care centres to help train nursing staff.

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