27 Dec 2019

Top Ten Albums Of Protest Music In 2019

*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2019. 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. Kishi Bashi — Omoiyari Kishi Bashi’s stunning

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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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21 Dec 2018

Top Ten Albums Of Protest Music In 2018

Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker compile list of best protest music albums from 2018, including Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, Kamasi Washington, and Xiuhtezcatl

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18 Jul 2018

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2018 (So Far)

*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music in the first half of 2018. They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Joan Baez – Whistle Down the Wind “It is the song

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13 Jul 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: Roger Waters And Boundaries Of Permissible Thought

Artists should challenge the boundaries of permissible thought. They should transcend orthodoxy or the conventional wisdom of the establishment, and few artists dare to use their voice for peace and human rights like Roger Waters. Waters, best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, and bassist for Pink Floyd,

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Photo by mikespeaks on Flickr.
28 Dec 2017

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2017

Kevin Gosztola and Liz Pelly put together a collection of some of the best albums of protest music in 2017.

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01 Jul 2017

Five Songs Of Resistance: The Protest Songs Of Joan Baez

In April, the legendary Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making this year as apt a time as ever to celebrate her decades of music and social justice work. Since the late 1950s, Baez has released over 30 albums in six languages, often using

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Anohni. Photo by scannerFM (scanner-fm) on Flickr.
28 Dec 2016

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2016

Kevin Gosztola runs down the best protest music of 2016, including albums from Anohni, Solange, and A Tribe Called Red.

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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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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”

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