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33 Revolutions Per Minute

A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day

Lynskey, Dorian

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
33 Revolutions Per Minute
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A history of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061670154
9780061670152
Branch Call Number: 782.42159909 L9899t 2011
Characteristics: xvi, 660 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm

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Over the years, songwriters have had the ability to address radical and sometimes dangerous notions that would be unacceptable in another form. Here is a collection of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.


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Oct 25, 2014
  • astahl rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

2 stars for being readable and well researched for the 60's and 70's. Lousy section on feminism and music, doesn't even mention Gwen Stephani's Just a Girl or Madonna's Papa Don't Preach. Concludes by saying audiences don't want to hear protest songs anymore. Guess he hasn't heard of Pussy Riot.

May 10, 2013
  • carolannbagan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a good book for those who want to know why a certain song was written . i'm glad they put billie holiday's "strange fruit " in there right off the top. it was a very dangeous song for its time.

Impressively researched, wide-ranging and beautifully written, 33 Revolutions Per Minute is nonetheless a rather odd book, since it’s appearing at a time when the protest song is hardly the most galvanizing or immediate mode of expression for contemporary pop musicians and fans, nor does there seem to be any major revival of interest in the protest songs of yesteryear. A music writer for The Guardian, Lynskey pretty much acknowledges the point in the epilogue: “I began this book intending to write a history of a still vital form of music. I finished it wondering if I had instead composed a eulogy.” Lack of timeliness aside, it’s still a compelling work of journalism, using 33 songs – Dylan’s Masters of War, Public Enemy’s Fight the Power and U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) among them – to limn the idiom’s complex history.
Globe & Mail May 27 2011

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