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From "Give Peace A Chance" to "Fuck Donald Trump" - Top Ten Protest Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2017 02:10pm | Post a Comment

 
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again" - Edwin Starr "War" (1970 Motown) *
The above sentiment of Edwin Starr's popular anti-Vietnam protest song was right about war but with one key exception. War, along with other periods of serious social unrest, historically trigger some of the best reactionary art of all schools including music and some of the most powerful protest songs. Even before last Thursday's bombing of Syria and the inevitable future fallout it will cause, the Trump era had already helped kick start the latest renaissance of revolutionary protest music.  Like Edwin Starr's Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned 1970 single, recorded during the counterculture era, the latest wave of protest music is a form of artistic expression born out of passion and necessity. Traditionally protest music acts on two primary levels. It's the soundtrack to the actual protest / rebellion / revolution, as well as being as a medium to vent and share feelings of discontent. As well as being a catharsis for its creators offering listeners some sense of relief or bonding, good protest music can also provide a message of hope during historically challenging times. Since the beginning of time history has a habit of repeatedly presenting its citizens challenging times, with war and social injustices being recurring themes.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 21 Songs to Show Your Gratitude

Posted by Billy Gil, November 24, 2015 05:32pm | Post a Comment

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Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”

 

Big Star – “Thank You Friends”

 

Andrew Gold – “Thank You for Being a Friend”

 

Drake – “Thank Me Now”

 

Otis Redding – “I Want to Thank You”

 

ABBA – “Thank You For the Music”

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New Reissues Out This Week from David Bowie, Queen, Bob Marley & Captain Beefheart

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2015 05:40pm | Post a Comment

Reissues Out September 25

Four seminal artists are getting the reissue treatment this week. The works of David Bowie, Queen, Captain Beefheart, and Bob Marley are back and better than ever, with remastered albums, 180 gram vinyl, and some very fancy box sets. Completists and collectors, take note of these soon-to-be essentials, available at Amoeba.

David Bowie, Five Years 1969 – 1973 Box Set and individual album reissues

David Bowie Five Years 1969-1973

With Five Years 1969 – 1973, Parlophone rolls out the first in a series of career-spanning Bowie retrospective box sets. The first installment is a ten-album, twelve-disc (or thirteen-LP) collection featuring remastered versions of David Bowie (aka Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, and Pin Ups, reissues of Aladdin Sane and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, and the first-ever pressing of the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust which had previously been available only on DVD. The box set also includes two live albums, plus Re:Call 1, a new comp featuring singles, non-album cuts and b-sides.

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Author Of "Keep On Pushing" Denise Sullivan Celebrates MLK Day With Reading & Singalong @ YBCA in SF

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2013 08:01am | Post a Comment
When the Amoeblog last caught up with Denise Sullivan in September 2011 it was to have an in-depth discussion with the Northern California author about her then recently published book Black Power Music (From Blues To Hip-Hop). At that time the Crawdaddy columnist and self-described "record geek" discussed her engaging book that effortlessly intertwines American history of the past numerous decades. The book nicely covers a wide range of protest/revolutionary music from early folk-blues, through the musical soundtrack of the civil rights movement (soul/funk/rock), and up to the contemporary hip-hop protest music. In that earlier Amoeblog interview Sullivan discussed many things including how she went from writing a book on the White Stripes to a book on Black Power Music. "Matters of race and the sexes, the Great Migration, what was once called the "American Dream," industry, ingenuity, and the entire great American songbook are of deep interest to me and all are tied up in the White Stripes story," she said at the time. "Keep on Pushing is a similar story, only it has a lot more people (many of them black, others are Native American, women, or economically strapped, most all of them are trying to survive America), and music is big part of their toolkit. Specifically though, in the case of both books, it was fine art photography that initially inspired me to launch my investigations: American Ruins by Camilo Jose Vergara, and The Black Panthers by Stephen Shames."

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The Grammy Museum Presents: Bob Marley, Messenger Exhibit

Posted by Amoebite, April 27, 2011 09:23am | Post a Comment

On May 11, The GRAMMY Museum will debut this new exhibit focusing on Bob Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who has inspired legions of fans. Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family. More info.

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