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The new protest music has a name: Trump Wave

Desperate times call for desperate, angry music. With Tweeter-in-chief President Cheetos continuing to act like the stable genius he is, a loose-knit genre of protest songs is starting to emerge. According to the Irish Times, this is called Trump Wave.

There’s long been a certain expectation on artists to lead from the front when it comes to political and social issues. Louis Armstrong was criticised for being reluctant to get in involved in national discourse (“I don’t get involved in politics. I just blow my horn,” he once said) before breaking his silence on civil rights in 1957.

When Trump snatched the most unlikely of victories in November 2016, there was instantly the expectation that a great wave of protest music would follow. It was one thing people seemed to cling to in the darkness and despair – the sky is falling, but at least the tunes will be banging. It’s a hell of a thing to put on a generation of musicians and songwriters, but many have answered the call.

You can read the whole article here. This an example of Trump Wave.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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