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Often called protest songs, they are linked to sweeping social movements such as the abolition of slavery, the rise of organized labor, the civil rights struggle and opposition to the Vietnam War, as well as specific topical events-allegedly wrongful executions, mining disasters and the like-that stirred the masses.
The fate of protest songs is a complicated issue for many reasons, not the least of which is the problem of definitions.
That's a far cry from the protest songs of old, which typically appealed to the sense of a common soul, to a conviction of shared struggle and sacrifice.
www.mccsc.edu /~rcourtne/protest_songs.htm   (1941 words)

 Protest song - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A protest song is a song intended to protest perceived problems in society such as injustice, racial discrimination, war, globalization, inflation, social inequalities.
Protest songs are generally associated with folk music, but in recent times they have come from all genres of music.
Folk protest songs occur throughout recent history, the oldest protest song on record is The Cutty Wren from the peasants revolt of 1381 against feudal oppression.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Protest_song   (433 words)

 protestsongs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In most cases, her songs were written to encourage the region's coal miners to organize and fight for better working and living conditions.
Gunning was born in 1910 and was raised in the coal mine camps of eastern Kentucky with fourteen siblings.
The song was written in 1931 during a strike by the United Mine Workers of America (Grattan 109).
athena.english.vt.edu /~appalach/writersM/protestsongs.html   (2917 words)

 ROCKZONE.COM: Features: A Retrospective Look at Protest Songs
And, although you're more likely to find a love song than a war-related song on the airwaves, the "genre" of the protest song is still around, offering up much social commentary and insight into worldviews and the musicians singing about it.
Perhaps the protest song that's endured the longest and "enjoyed" the most popularity is "Imagine" by John Lennon.
The resurgence of the "pop song" as sung by teenybopper bands has created an environment such that when protest songs were attempted, most made as much lyrical sense as the aforementioned pop songs.
www.rockzone.com /features/protest.shtml   (1422 words)

 unbound - Rocking Out: The Changing Sound of Protest Songs
Though you are more likely to find a love song than a war-related song on the airwaves, the genre of the protest song is still present, offering up much social commentary and insight into world views, as well as into the musicians themselves.
Protest songs started to be less about how great peace is and more about how horrific war and violence are.
The protest song was gobbled up and spit out in the 1990s, and turned into the decade's lyrics of choice for many anti-establishment punk bands.
www.tcnj.edu /~unbound/features/protest.html   (1622 words)

 Folk and Protest Movement
Protest songs were used regularly by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, also known as "Wobblies") as one way of fostering solidarity among the workers.
Songs served as a means of building morale, recruiting new members, and garnering publicity.
Guthrie was considered the "father of the contemporary protest ballad," but he had also a large repertoire of folk music with every kind of theme including songs for children, railroaders, cotton pickers and other migrant workers, and others.
people.eku.edu /nelsonl/mus273/folk.html   (973 words)

 Protest song
A protest song is often a kind of
Such songs become popular during times of social disruption and among social groups and their supporters.
Many protest songs were based on the Vietnam war and recently, the war in Iraq.
www.mp3.fm /Protest_song.htm   (155 words)

 A new protest song: Joan Baez - she shall overcome | Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
If the words of the song came easily to Joan Baez it was because she has been singing them most of her life.
In this, her latest protest, Baez and other campaigners have converged on the urban farm in an effort to save land that has been used for more than 10 years by around 350 farmers to grow fruit, herbs, cactus and vegetables.
And for those who believe taking part in such protests is ultimately pointless and will achieve nothing, the woman who has spent her life campaigning had a ready response.
paceebene.org /pace/nvns/nonviolence-news-service-archive/a-new-protest-song-joan-ba   (1575 words)

 CI5472 Teaching Film, Television, and Media
By researching a protest issue, picking apart the elements of protest from selected works of art, and crafting their own artistic protest, students initiate a personal dialogue with their social world, manipulating and critiquing that world so they can more fully understand their place in it.
This song vividly recalls the lynching of a fl man in the American South: Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood on the root / Black body swinging in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Although the process of using songs as social protest took some time to gain popularity, the songs that were produced contain a great deal of emotion and important meaning, which can be delivered to the listener through a variety of components.
www.tc.umn.edu /~rbeach/teachingmedia/module9/protest.htm   (2893 words)

 Protest song is back - with a vengeance, 4 Jun 04
But whereas protest songs during the Vietnam era were broadly antiwar in their message, the new batch of political tunes aren't narrowly focused on the recent war.
Browne reckons protest songs seem to have been more numerous in the past year and a half than in the late '60s.
Jones wants to be clear that what she is protesting is not the Iraq war, but the actions of George W. Bush.
www.notinourname.net /resources_links/protest-songs-4jun04.htm   (939 words)

 Geoffrey Nunberg - the history of "protest"
It used to be that when you used the verb "protest" to mean "object to" you had to add "against" -- "She protested against her mistreatment." Then in the early years of the twentieth century, Americans began to drop the preposition and say things like "He protested the government's policy." 1
As it happens, it was around the time that people started using "protest" with a direct object that they also started to think of protest as a kind of direct political action, aimed at mobilizing public opinion against a particular policy.
That was the moment when songs with political messages began to make their way out of the coffee houses and hootenannies and onto the airwaves.
www.ischool.berkeley.edu /~nunberg/protest.html   (946 words)

 ESL MiniConference / January 2004 / Using Protest Songs in the ESL/EFL Classroom
How useful it would be to have a significant song to use in order to facilitate and inspire activities which students would find interesting and meaningful to their lives.
One candidate is a new protest song, "Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?," by Willie Nelson, a 70-year-old country music "outlaw," "Farm Aid" co-founder and outspoken critic of the current administration's Iraq policies.
These could be ideas to begin discussion of the song in an advanced class; in a beginning class, the focus would be on rhythm, intonation, pronunciation and a general sense of the meaning.
www.eslminiconf.net /jan2004/protest.html   (1018 words)

 NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE WOMEN 1 &From "Notes and Documents", No. 6/83, March 1983&
Protest against the pass laws was not an innovation of the 1950s.
Protesters in the rural areas were not risking the loss of urban residency rights, houses or jobs.
They protested the pass laws, "Bantu" education, rent hikes, bus fare increases, forced removals of African communities, government-owned beer halls that soaked up their husbands` wages and laws that prevented them from selling home brew, an important source of income for many women.
www.anc.org.za /ancdocs/history/misc/schmi123.html   (8505 words)

 Protest song   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A protest song is often a kind of folk music, but in recent times Protest songs come from all genres of music, including punk rock and hip hop.
Folk songs occur throughout history, as in the American Revolutionary War and in the abolitionist movement of the 1800s.
A common form of folk Protest song, often with acoustic guitar and harmonica, was popularized by the work of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in the beginning of the 20th Century.
protest-song.iqnaut.net   (217 words)

 Galvanising another generation - Music - Entertainment - theage.com.au
Protest songs are a rarity in the Australian music canon — save the hip-hop genre — but Archer and Grabowsky have written a couple of their own songs to reflect the current political
The protest song usually rears its head at times of political unrest, but it has traditionally been limited to the three-chord domains of acoustic folk and punk rock.
A protest song, Archer says, has an edge over a demonstration or a street march because it elicits an emotional reaction from the listener.
www.theage.com.au /news/music/galvanising-another-generation/2005/10/06/1128562938180.html   (1444 words)

 AlterNet: Is Protest Music Dead?
Jay-Z's dis of Nas, "The Takeover," was based on a sample from the Doors' "Five to One," an anti-Vietnam War song released during 1968's long hot summer whose title supposedly alluded to a demographic menace: five times as many people under the age of 21 as over.
Franti obliged with a new song, "Bomb Da World." Yet the song's chorus -- "You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace" -- was apparently too much for the show's producers.
The Strokes pulled a song called "New York Cops" from their album, and Dave Matthews decided not to release "When the World Ends" as a single.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=12880   (2385 words)

 We're Not Gonna Take It
An excellent song protesting the fact that the TTC in Toronto is too expensive.
A song that protests the fact that the bike lanes in Toronto are too skinny.
A renter's rights protest song about a no good landlord who won't get rid of a racoon that lives in the attic.
werenotgonnatakeit.org   (299 words)

 It's time for a protest song
We need some protest songs that speak to all generations, like the songs we heard during the Vietnam War.
I hope as more people hear Pat Scanlon's new songs they will be inspired to join the current protests, to speak out against this war, to keep the pressure on from the outside.
Pat is not collecting royalties on his songs, and he is making them available to anyone who wants to use them to promote an end to the Iraq War.
opednews.com /articles/opedne_jean_hay_060701_it_s_time_for_a_prot.htm   (879 words)

 Vietnam Songbook   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The “people’s songs” of the 1930’s and 40’s influenced the civil right’s song’s of the 50’s and 60’s, which grew in a common form of expression against the Vietnam War in the 60’s and 70’s.
On the eve of war in 2003 it seemed that any artists or musicians who spoke out against the current administrations policies were quickly shouted down in the media and warned that their job was to entertain, and that politics was best left to politicians.
We felt that the protest song as a viable form of political discourse was severely challenged and decided to put on a concert, and show, by example, how people had once been able to express their thoughts.
www.vietnamsongbook.org /home.htm   (397 words)

 Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Songfacts
That protest that day where everybody got shot was a protest against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia.
Everybody starts chanting and screaming and they start shooting tear gas and some of the more ballsy protesters, while they're coughing and choking and puking are trying to throw it back, but most of the kids were anywhere from 50 to 100 yards away from these lines of National Guardsmen with guns.
These protests, by 1970, were an annual affair, and especially coming weeks after the invasion of Cambodia in April of '70.
www.songfacts.com /detail.php?id=1124   (4107 words)

 BlackMarket Exhibitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Protest Song Karaoke involves participants going to a karaoke bar and appropriating songs as having been originally written with a political meaning in mind.
These asides are intended to be as subtle as possible so as to be as believable as can be within the situation.
May we suggest prefacing a song or two and then singing some actual protest songs for a while.
www.red76.com /protestsongkaraoke.html   (234 words)

 Neil Young Ohio Lyric Analysis
In some parts of the country, the song was banned from playlists because of it's "anti-war" and "anti-Nixon" sentiments.
In his song Ohio, he expresses both his opinions about the war, and about a specific event that took place on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio.
More on the song "Ohio" performed by David Crosby and Neil Young at a Benefit For the Arts Outreach at the Valley Music Festival in Santa Ynez, CA on September 28, 2003.
www.thrasherswheat.org /fot/ohio.htm   (2395 words)

 Day of protest, song and chaos - World - theage.com.au
A protester in Edinburgh for the nearby rallies targeting the G8.
As the first protesters began arriving in Edinburgh, some shops in the city were already boarding up their windows.
But there was some good news for the protesters, who claimed they were being kept away from the summit to silence their voices.
www.theage.com.au /news/world/day-of-protest-song-and-chaos/2005/07/02/1119724848427.html   (694 words)

 CNN - Cold War Experience: Culture
Of Bob Dylan's many topical songs, one of his most evocative was the resigned, fixing-to-die ballad "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (1963), inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
His peer Phil Ochs, who frequently gleaned song topics from newspaper headlines, chronicled the sinking of a nuclear submarine in "The Thresher" (1964).
In response to the incident, Bruce Springsteen wrote one of his first topical songs, "Roulette"; by the end of that same year, the Clash had released a double-sided single with nuclear-annihilation themes (their own powerful "London Calling" backed with a cover of the reggae tune "Armagideon Time").
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/cold.war/experience/culture/atomic.rock   (682 words)

 From "Wild Thing" to Angry Man to Release Iraq War Protest Song
Pete was guitarist with The Troggs, whose international hits of the 1960's, songs such as "Wild Thing" and "Love is all around" (featured in the award-winning film "Love Actually"), are still massive favourites on the dance floor today.
His latest song "I DON'T KNOW WHY" has been recorded by his protégé Karen-Ana and he introduced her to an enthusiastic audience at the south of England's principal 24/7 snooker and pool hall, sports bar, Chinese restaurant and live music venue.
This protest song will have its political dimension but DJ Danny Dee at The Academy who played at the launch commented: "I am sure clubs will play this for the melody rather than any message it sends.
prweb.com /releases/2006/11/prweb481004.htm   (773 words)

 BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Protest song for deported family
The strength of feeling among the town's adults is mirrored in younger members of the community who have been explaining why they have chosen to protest in song.
When she hears a recording of the song for the first time by phone in Nigeria, Nkechi Okolie is in floods of tears, overcome with emotion at the campaign thousands of miles away to bring her and her family back to Ireland.
After protests by school pupils in Dublin, Justice Minister Michael McDowell performed a u-turn in the case of Nigerian school student Olukunle Elukanlo who was deported on the same plane as the Okolies but is now back in Dublin today.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/northern_ireland/4426635.stm   (803 words)

 Art of the Internet: A Protest Song, Reloaded - New York Times
The song's original music video, made by Samuel Bayer (who also filmed the video of Nirvana's classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), is full of pathos and sap.
Although the band intended the music video as an antiwar protest, Kelefa Sanneh, a pop music critic for The New York Times, pointed out that it also "works pretty well as a support-our-troops statement." One blogger recently posted the Green Day video with the tag "Great Recruitment Video." Maybe he was being facetious, maybe not.
Around the same time she was joining Green Day's song to images of Katrina, two Houston rappers who collectively call themselves the Legendary K.O., Damien Randle and Micah Nickerson (who lives near the Houston Astrodome), made their own mash-up.
www.nytimes.com /2005/09/24/arts/24boxe.html?ex=1285214400&en=2ba53d0af673618c&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (762 words)

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After protest music’s high water mark of the sixties, the tidal flats of seventies’ disco, eighties’ synthpop and nineties’ grunge had many activists wondering if the ship of musical dissent had sailed for good.
The protest song, if nothing else, alerts people that there is something in the air that they are all tuned into – Dylan’s “something is happening here,” which Mr.
While protest songs don’t necessarily translate into action – their effect is rarely so direct – they still communicate one message loud and clear to angry youth everywhere: you are not alone in dreaming of a better world.
commonground.ca /iss/0606179/cg179_protestsongs.shtml   (1873 words)

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