Sometimes people get so pissed off or so inspired by something that they just have to sing about it. This is the protest song, an artform that has been with us for centuries. It’s music that encourages political and social change. And if done right—and if circumstances are correct—the song can mobilize people to take action, lift spirits and annoy (or even scare) authorities of the establishment.
Protest music comes in all forms: classical, folk, reggae, pop, hip hop and, of course, rock. It can rail against war, demand social justice, call out politicians and petition for greater rights for women, minorities, labour and the marginalized.The singers and musicians behind this music may be regarded as thought leaders, social influencers and even prophets—and least for a time. What I’d like to go is go through the history of protest in
What I’d like to go is go through the history of protest in song from the world of alt-rock, those times when a loud guitar becomes tool for making things better—for everyone.
Songs from this week’s show include:
- Dropkick Murphys, “Fortunate Son”
- MC5, “Kick Out the Jams”
- Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen”
- Clash, “Guns of Brixton”
- DOA, “My Old Man’s a Bum”
- English Beat, “Stand Down Margaret”
- The Smiths, “The Queen is Dead”
- Rage Against the Machine, “Killing in the Name”
- Green Day, “Wake Me When September Ends”
Here’s a playlist from Eric Wilhite.
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