33 Revolutions Per Minute

33 Revolutions Per Minute

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

Book - 2011
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A history of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061670152
Branch Call Number: 782.42159909 L9899t 2011
Characteristics: xvi, 660 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 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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RemiRoussel Jan 26, 2016

Interesting book, made me discover some protest songs I didn't know.. ..but skipped a whole lot of popular and influential songs.

Oct 25, 2014

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

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.

debwalker May 28, 2011

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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