In Conversation: Tony Benn & Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers, London, 9 September 2010

The Quietus introduces two pillars of socialist thought, one a central figure of British politics for decades, the other from the world of rock & roll. In a revealing interview, Tony Benn and Manic Street Preachers' bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire discuss the power of pop music, how to remain inspired in a cynical age, Cuba, and the concept of a 'just war'.

The interview was conducted by music critic and Manics biographer Simon Price Filmed, edited and produced by Marc Broussely On second camera Jon Challicom Tony Benn’s Letters To My Grandchildren is published by Arrow. The Manic Street Preachers’ new album Postcards From A Young Man is released on September 20th. This interview was released on The Quietus ( on Thursday September 14th 2010