33 Revolutions Per Minute
a history of protest songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day
1965-1973. Country Joe and the Fish, "I-feel-like-I'm-fixin'-to-die-rag" ; James Brown, "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud" ; Plastic Ono Band, "Give peace a chance" ; Edwin Starr, "War" ; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, "Ohio" ; Gil Scott-Heron, "The revolution will not be televised" ; Stevie Wonder, " Living for the city"
1973-1977 (Chile, Nigeria, Jamaica). Victor Jara, "Manifiesto" ; Fela Kuti and Afrika 70, "Zombie" ; Max Romeo and the Upsetters, "War ina Babylon"
1977-1987. The Clash, "White riot" ; Carl Bean, "I was born this way" ; Linton Kwesi Johnson, "Sonny's lettah (Anti-Sus poem)" ; The Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia" ; Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five feat. Melle Mel and Duke Bootee, "The message" ; Crass, "How does it feel?" ; Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two tribes" ; U2, "Pride (In the name of love)" ; The Special AKA, "Nelson Mandela" ; Billie Bragg, "Between the wars" ; R.E.M., "Exhuming McCarthy"
1989-2008. Public Enemy, "Fight the power" ; Huggy Bear, "Her jazz" ; The Prodigy feat. Pop Will Eat Itself, "Their law" ; Manic Street Preachers, "Of walking abortion" ; Rage Against the Machine, "Sleep now in the fire" ; Steve Earle, "John Walker's blues" ; Green Day, "American Idiot"
Appendices. Protest songs before 1900 ; Songs and albums mentioned in the text ; One hundred recommended songs
From Library Staff
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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