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33 Revolutions Per Minute

A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day
Lynskey, Dorian (Book - 2011)
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A history of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.
Authors: Lynskey, Dorian
Title: 33 revolutions per minute
a history of protest songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 660 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dorian Lynskey
Contents: 1939-1964. Billie Holiday, "Strange fruit" ; Woody Guthrie, "This land is your land" ; Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan, and Pete Seeger, "We shall overcome" ; Bob Dylan, "Masters of war" ; Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddam"
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
Summary: A history of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.
ISBN: 0061670154
Branch Call Number: 782.42159909 L9899t 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibligraphical references (p. 573-636) and index
Subject Headings: Popular music 21st century Social aspects Popular music 20th century Social aspects Popular music 21st century Political aspects Popular music 20th century Political aspects Musicians Political activity Protest songs 21st century History and criticism Protest songs 20th century History and criticism
Topical Term: Popular music
Popular music
Popular music
Popular music
Protest songs
Protest songs
LCCN: 2010024247
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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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