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Ruth Rogers is renowned for her refined culinary palate co-founding the Michelin-starred River Cafe. But she has revealed her activism side by assembling a mixtape on the theme of protest for streaming app Stack Music. She recently contributed a curated list of songs from artists including Bob Marley & the Wailers (Get up, stand up); Edwin Starr (War); Woody Guthrie (This land is your land); The Clash (Know your rights); The Beatles (Revolution); Marvin Gaye (Save the Children); Mahalia Jackson (We shall overcome) and Gil Scott-Heron (The Revolution will not be televised); Public Enemy (Fight the power); John Lenon (Imagine); Marvin Gaye (What’s going on): Bruce Springsteen (We shall overcome); Bob Dylan (Blowin’ in the wind).
The other half of architect Richard Rogers garnered praise for her picks on Instagram where she posted a black and white picture of herself linking arms with other protesters at a march in the 60s featuring placards condemning Britain’s involvement in the Vietnam war. The period which coincided with the swinging sixties is marked in history as some of the most tumultuous for mass gatherings challenging the status quo. Rogers has not mellowed and still appears in marches challenging the right-wing tendencies of American President Donald Trump.
Even though she was made a dame in 2010, that has not quenched her thirst for justice and fair play. When not writing cookery books, honing another recipe, or cooking up a storm in her kitchen, she is just as fired up as anyone by world events, the environment, politics and current affairs. Who says Pasta can’t mix with Protest!