11 May 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘GDP’ By Bob Vylan

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music. Bob Vylan is a grime punk duo that recently released their second album “Bob Vylan Present ThePrice Of Life.” Just like their 2020 debut album, “We Live Here,” the album features incisive political commentary addressing issues such as systemic

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27 Apr 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Clara Fraser, Clara Fraser’ By Lavender Country

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

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20 Apr 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fucked Up If True’ By Soul Glo

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

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23 Mar 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gotterdämmerung’ By Zeal & Ardor

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

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09 Mar 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Precious Cargo’ By Hurray For The Riff Raff

“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.

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09 Feb 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Down In Virginia’ By Grace Victoria

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.

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02 Feb 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Overload’ By Yard Act

We all feel the malaise of what has become normal, whether it is life under a global pandemic and/or the expansion of austerity measures that impact everyone. “The Overload,” Yard Act’s single from their debut album, is an anthem for those struggling to keep their head above water. Yard Act

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26 Jan 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Landlord Of The Gentriflies’ By Calm. (Featuring Lee Reed and Buddha)

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.

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23 Dec 2021

Ten Of The Best Protest Albums Of 2021

*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2021. They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. They are in alphabetical order by artist. **Full playlist with each album on Spotify

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10 Nov 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Rising Seas’ By Midnight Oil

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.”

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