Still image from "More Arriving" promotional video (source: Bandcamp)
29 Aug 2019

London-Based Musician Sarathy Korwar Celebrates South Asian Voices, Turns Racial Stereotypes On Their Head

Sarathy Korwar’s album, “More Arriving,” celebrates refugees and migrants who continue to flow into the UK and serves as a statement of brown pride.

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27 Aug 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Special Announcement’ By The Felice Brothers

The post originally appeared at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. The Felice Brothers are a veteran folk-rock band, who throughout their career have sacrificed commercial success by sticking to their principles. They have turned down offers to work with big-name producers and resisted pressure to adopt a more mainstream sound.

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13 Aug 2019

Protest Songs Of The Week: ‘Mercedes Marxist’ And ‘I Dream Guillotine’ By IDLES

IDLES recently released a seven-inch single featuring two unreleased songs from the album’s session, “Mercedes Marxist,” and the B-side, “I Dream Guillotine.” Even though the band may have felt that they did not fit the mood of their last album, both tracks are hard-hitting, insightful, and well worth a listen.

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06 Aug 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Bol’ By Sarathy Korwar

London-based percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar crafted a protest album centered on the backlash against refugees and immigrants. “There are more arriving, and you’re gonna have to deal with it,” his latest album declares. “More Arriving” features a song called “Bol,” where he cycles through a series of stereotypes used

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30 Jul 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth’ By Yungblud

The post originally appeared at Ongoing History of Protest Songs. When looking back at the history of protest movements, young people have always been at the forefront. That has been the case with recent protests against gun violence, climate change, and a variety of other social ills. Yungblud, a 21-year-old

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21 Jul 2019

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2019 (So Far)

Halfway through 2019, Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker compile list of best protest music albums so far, including Mavis Staples, Kishi Bashi, and Last Poets.

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01 Jul 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Forever High Mast’ By Lucy Dacus

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Most countries have holidays and observances that celebrate aspects of their founding and heritage. For many, it is an opportunity to display patriotic pride, but for others, it is the time to somberly reflect on dark chapters of their

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25 Jun 2019

When Former Prisoner Sold Dr. John A Protest Song From Angola Prison

In 1970, Dr. John recorded a song his friend gave him after serving more than 40 years at the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary known as Angola.

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17 Jun 2019

Protest Songs Of The Week: ‘Killer Whale’ And ‘Sadfluid’ By Dark Smith

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music. “You will not replace us.” The white supremacists rallying cry expresses a paranoia that the traditional white male Christian power structure is under attack. Racists, homophobes, and misogynists want to preserve the oppressive status quo, which benefits them at

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04 Jun 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fuck Yer Money’ By Javid Music Party

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music. When speaking out against injustices, sometimes the most appropriate response is to raise your voice and say, “fuck you.” Examples in protest music include Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name” (“Fuck you, I won’t do what you

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