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Transcript of Protest Music
Bob Dylan had songs similar to those of Pete Seeger and Joan Baez
3 of the most well known of his protest songs are "Blowin' in the Wind," "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," and "Masters of War,"
Folk Music Style
Glad to be Gay by the Tom Robinson Band
Molesters of children, corruptors of youth
It's there in the paper, it must be the truth
Sing if you're glad to be gay
Sing if you're happy that way
Music helped unite the protesters and make them feel like they were not alone
Peter, Paul, and Mary marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and helped organize the March on Washington
Their music made it socially acceptable for young people to join in the protests.
The music gave the protesters a voice and a sense of power
"Respect is what I want/ Respect is what I need"
[Respect ~Otis Redding]
Emphasis on social problems, poverty, and racism.
Music became a way to recruit and rally others to join in protest of unfair government policies towards Native Americans.
AIM Song ~Porcupine Singers
Artists like James Brown, used blues, jazz, folk, and gospel to spur on pride of black power among communities.
"Here's to the state of Mississippi
Here's the people of Mississippi
Who say the folks up north, they just don't understand
And they tremble in their shadows at the thunder of the Klan
The sweating of their souls can't wash the blood from off their hands
They smile and shrug their shoulders at the murder of a man
Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of"
[Here's to the State of Mississippi ~Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonder]
"Say it Loud, I'm black and I'm proud!"
"You can be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box"
[I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag ~Country Joe and the Fish]
"You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys...
I'm young and I love to be young
I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
to say and do whatever I please"
It's been a long
A long time coming
But, I know a change gon' come
Oh, yes it will
[A Change is Gonna Come ~Sam Cooke]
Female activist roles promoted women empowerment and equality. Liberating women from the bars of traditional society and their new sexual identity.
A large music festival of rock 'n roll and folk artists playing anti-war songs.
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"All we are saying, is give peace a chance" ~John Lennon
Sparked a New Youth Generation
"I can do anything/ I am strong/
I am invincible/ I am woman"
[I am Woman" ~Helen Reddy]
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.