Is protest music back? Here’s a selection of songs inspired by the recent unrest.

So far this year we’ve had an impeachment, a global plague, the economic collapses of the planet, a locust invasion in Africa, murder hornets in North America, an explosion in protests over racism and police brutality, and more Donald Trump. Jeezus, if there was ever a time for protest music to make a comeback in a big way, the time is now.

Here are a few examples of the sorts of songs that have been rising to the surface.

Bob Mould and “American Crisis”

The former Husker Du and Sugar Man has had enough with Trump and his evangelical supporters. This track, which will appear on an album called Blue Hearts this fall, starts with a scream.

Run the Jewels, JU$T feat. Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha

RTJ’s fourth album, RTJ4, was already done before the protests started, but it could have been written yesterday.

Courtney Jaye’s “Bunker Boy

This will get under Trump’s skin.

And then there’s this kid

Say hello to 10-year-old Nandi Bushell. Wow. Who says rock is dead with young people?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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