Originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music Back in 1973, Seattle singer-songwriter Patrick Haggerty released what is widely considered tobe the first gay-themed country album under the moniker Lavender Country. At the time only 1000 copies of the self-titled album were printed. In later years, the album generated interest
The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music. For Soul Glo, being a black hardcore band already made the simple act of making music a political statement. Add to that their radical rhetoric, and you have a group capable of producing fierce protest songs. The group recently
The article originally appeared at Ongoing History of Protest Music. Zeal & Ardor is the brainchild of Swedish musician Manuel Gagneux. It started as an online project,where Gagneux sought feedback on blending two musical genres that don’t traditionally gotogether. He ultimately paired black metal with spirituals and that led to
“The people who have gotten me through my life are the weirdoes and the poets, the rebellious women, and the activists. They were considered the riffraff by people in power, and they’re the ones that make history,” singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra said in a 2017 PBS News Hour interview.
The Cowboy Junkies produced a video for their cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years” that connects the song to the emergency of climate change.
Composed around the time that George Floyd was murdered by police in 2020, “Down In Virginia” is an exploration of the racism and violence faced by Black people on a constant basis.
Calm is a hip-hop duo featuring rapper Time and producer Awareness. Time has also done engineering work for Common and is a journalist who has worked with Noam Chomsky.
The Guardian Angel Platoon is the moniker of Canadian veteran, activist, and singer-songwriter Dennis MacKenzie. He released the self-titled album in 2021, right before Canada’s Remembrance Day.
The latest single from Canadian indigenous throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s forthcoming album, “Tongues,” is about accountability. “Oh, you’re guilty,” she sings. “It’s not a question,” a press release from her states.
No strangers to socially conscious music, veteran Australian rock band Midnight Oil speaks out against climate change with their latest single and video “Rising Seas.”