11 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Heavy As Lead’ By Leyla McCalla

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Back in April 2014, the Flint water crisis began when the decision was made to switch from treated water to an untreated water source for the sake of saving money. This resulted in lead contamination that adversely affected over

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04 Jun 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘If I Was President’ By Las Cafeteras

The Las Cafeteras song “If I Was President” was released in 2017 on Presidents’ Day. Its message continues to resonate, and as the band embarks on a summer tour, it’s a good time to revisit. Drawing from both traditional Mexican folk and hip-hop, the song’s verses alternate between Spanish and

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15 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gentrification’ By Ry Cooder

For more than a half century, Ry Cooder has been making music. He is highly regarded for his slide guitar work as well as the affinity he has for roots music and collaborations with musicians throughout the world. “Gentrification,” which appears on his latest album, “The Prodigal Son,” is a

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23 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Superfund’ by Mother And The Boards

Kazoo Studios, who grew up in the New York City suburbs, is the lead singer for the band, Mother & the Boards. She sent along this recently released protest song about our collective apathy toward the degradation and destruction of Planet Earth. In the song called “Superfund,” Studios sings about

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17 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Got Guns?’ by Pete Kronowitt

Folk musician Pete Kronowitt irreverently sings about the NRA and gun culture, especially its effects on children. It’s off his new album, “A Lone Voice.”

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