24 May 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Odeio’ by Caetano Veloso

Following the impeachment of Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, vice president Michel Temer took power. He pledged to dissolve the Ministry of Culture and combine parts of it with the Ministry of Education. Although Temer eventually backtracked, the initial call drew the ire of artists. AFP reported filmmakers, musicians, and individuals

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16 May 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’ by Against Me!

During a concert in North Carolina on May 16, Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! burned her birth certificate in protest against an anti-transgender law. Grace, a transgender person, declared as her birth certificate went up in flames, “Goodbye, gender.” She smiled as her fellow band members and

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09 May 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Crisis’ by Anohni

Anohni confronts the inhumanity and destruction of drone warfare on her new album, “Hopelessness.”

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02 May 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Had No Right’ by Dar Williams

Legendary peace activist Father Daniel Berrigan died at 94 years-old on April 30. He was one of the Catonsville Nine, who took draft files and set them on fire with homemade napalm in an act of resistance against the Vietnam War. The action, along with the trial of the Catonsville

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Prince Live on Rotterdam 2011. Photo by Peter Tea on Flickr
25 Apr 2016

The Protest Songs Of Prince

Following the tragic death of pop music legend Prince, a portrait has emerged of a humanitarian artist, who sought to find ways to uplift people who were struggling.

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19 Apr 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Trouble With Normal’

Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn wrote in his memoir that his songs are “multi-faceted.” Not only are they about “war, injustice, and exploitation,” not only do they deal with faith and grace, but they are also about “mystery, beauty, love, pain, [and] joy.” They are about the power of a “wild place”

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11 Apr 2016

Protest Song of Week: ‘(Don’t Worry) If There’s Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go’

In the late 1960s, black Americans in inner cities rioted and rebelled against poverty and oppression. Black Americans demanded more investment in black communities to alleviate the conditions contributing to widespread despair. There was also a fierce crackdown by authorities on the Black Panthers, which attempted to empower black Americans

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04 Apr 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO’

In this comical funky dance tune, The Coup imagines several ways in which a CEO might kill himself. All of the ideas in the song prey upon a CEO’s weaknesses, taking advantage of how easy it is to bait a CEO into committing sinful or sleazy behavior. The chorus for

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28 Mar 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Under The Bridge’ by Jill Sobule & John Doe

Written by Jill Sobule before the height of the Occupy movement but dedicated to the 99 percent, this is Shadowproof’s “Protest Song Of The Week.”

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21 Mar 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Comin’ Round Is Going Through’

On singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt’s latest album, there is a foot-stomping tune, which takes aim at the influence of money on politics and the politicians and media pundits, who defend a system rigged against the people. As Raitt told the San Diego Union Tribune, “I had the idea for

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