15 Feb 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Who Will Survive America?’

“Will you survive in the heat and fire of actual change? I doubt it.” From Black poet Amiri Baraka’s 1972 album, “It’s Nation Time,” this song relies on a question-and-answer format to make a statement about who will survive a Black revolution. It opens with a bass line, and then

08 Feb 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘The Revolution Has Come’

Drawing from the uprising after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson, Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Jay-Marie Hill, and his band, The Holy Ghost, produced a protest album called, “The Revolution Has Come.” The album of soul and gospel music was released by Farfetched, an independent music and art

01 Feb 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ by Death

The Iowa caucuses are upon us, and the legendary black proto-punk band from Detroit, Death, produced a song a little over forty years ago, which is appropriate to mark the occasion. It is called “Politicians In My Eyes,” and it was written by Bobby Hackney, bassist and singer for Death.

29 Jan 2016

The Protest Music of Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner denied creating political songs, but still wrote classic protest music, from “Volunteers” to his SF concept album, “Blows Against the Empire”

25 Jan 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Dissatisfaction Suite’ by The Whistleblowers

A new band, The Whistleblowers, from Brooklyn recently released their first EP, which consists entirely of protest music. They describe themselves as a project “born out of a vacuum of socially conscious music.” The song from their album, “Imaginary Lines,” which is Shadowproof’s “Protest Song of the Week,” is a

11 Jan 2016

The Protest Songs Of David Bowie

“I’m not a political commentator, but I think there are times when I’m stretched to … implicate what’s happening politically,” David Bowie said in 2003.

04 Jan 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Only Good Fascist Is A Very Dead Fascist’

The new year has started with white militants taking over a national wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon to show they are “patriots.” The white militants have arms and claim they have been oppressed by the United States government, which has taken land that should remain under local control. Canadian punk

21 Dec 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘M-16’ by Jefferson Pepper

Singer-songwriter, musician, and activist Jefferson Pepper released a Christmas album in October 2005, which was directly inspired by a neighbor who was a U.S. Army medic deployed in the Iraq War. One of the songs on the album specifically makes the connection between companies that make toy guns to give

07 Dec 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Christmas Spirit’ by The Wailers

The consumerism of Christmas is often insufferable. It starts well before December, especially with “Black Friday” in November, which now includes Black Thursday or Black Thanksgiving because one day of door-busting sales is not enough for corporate executives. Shadowproof’s “Protest Song of the Week” is “Christmas Spirit” by The Wailers, which was

30 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?’

A 17 year-old black boy was executed by a white Chicago police officer on October 20 of last year, and for 400 days, the city of Chicago, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fought to suppress the truth of what happened. How those in power worked to cover up what really