27 Jan 2018

The Protest Music Of Hugh Masekela

In the decades-long struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Hugh Masekela was one of several musicians whose music came to represent the sound of resistance to racist oppression by the government. On January 23, Masekela, 78, died from prostate cancer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) mourned

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11 Nov 2016

The Political Songs Of Leonard Cohen

The man in the famous blue raincoat, who has gone up to the Tower of Song, always believed the best way to respond to a cruel world was to keep existing.

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Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian actor (1940-2016) By Mohammad Hassanzadeh [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
07 Jul 2016

Remembering Abbas Kiarostami’s Revelatory Films

Award-winning Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami died on July 4. He was known for “watchful eyes,” an ability to make films revealing new aspects of life.

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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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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.

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