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  • Tags: changing media for social protest in american popular music

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During the Super Bowl L halftime show, Beyoncé premiered Formation with a backup dance crew, all dressed in clothes evocative of the Black Panther party. On that same day, the song’s music video, which features imagery evoking a Black empowerment and…
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In the 1990s, Green Day began to release market-friendly rock songs inspired by ‘70s punk music. In 2004 they released American Idiot, a protest song inspired by 9/11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, then-president George W. Bush (lead singer Billie…
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At 8:30am on the last day of Woodstock’s three-day peace and music festival, Jimi Hendrix took to the stage in a white fringe jacket, red bandana, and blue jeans, and with his electric guitar—an instrument designed for right-handed players he played…
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West Coast rappers N.W.A released Fuck Tha Police in response to the ramped up war on drugs, growing prison populations, and the targeting and dehumanization of people of color by police. Upon the song’s release, N.W.A faced considerable backlash:…
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On July 25, 1965, the typically acoustic guitar-toting Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival with a Fender Stratocaster and an electric backup-band. His performance of Maggie’s Farm was met with raucous booing from the audience. Until…
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In response to the great depression, the dust bowl, and the poor treatment of migrants and African Americans in the United States, ‘outlaw’ folk singer Woody Guthrie began playing and recording folk music to protest corrupt politicians and oppressive…
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Inspired by a double-lynching in Indiana in 1930, Jewish American songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote Strange Fruit and presented it to African American singer Billie Holiday, who performed it at the integrated Cafè Society in Manhattan that same year.…
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Ragtime music emerged in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century as the first commercially popular black music. Rag performers parodied white perceptions of black people in minstrel songs by fusing them with black folk tunes. As a result,…
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The Hutchinson Family Singers was the first commercially successful popular music act to fuse an social protest with public music performance. They cultivated a public image based on a fusion of Christian revivalism, abolitionism, and agrarianism,…
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On September 9, 1979, a group of enslaved Africans met on the banks of the Stono River in South Carolina to stage a rebellion. They stole weapons and began killing white masters and freeing enslaved people. As the rebellion grew in numbers, some…
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