Protest Music AMU4EI Mr. Cowan
Protest Music Helps people feel like they are not alone Deeply rooted in US history (slavery, civil rights, anti-war, the environment, etc.) Still happening in pop music today
Protest Music Music that has a purpose Seeks to change things or bring awareness to the general population Addresses current issues that are troublesome or controversial
What is Protest music? The first movement that reached media took place in the 1960’s Young college students took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam
What is Protest Music? The war in Vietnam triggered disturbances on American college campuses in the mid-1960’s Many were angry that the US was involved in the war Protests happened in all major cities in the US
Brief History of the war in Vietnam North was battling against the South US entered to control a communist takeover of the world...felt if Vietnam fell, the US would be next US used heavy machinery, bombing tactics, tanks, and chemical warfare North Vietnam (Vietcong) had little supplies and relied heavily on their intelligence and creativity
Kent State Shooting May 4th, 1970 in Kent, Ohio US National Guard fired 67 shots over a period of 13 seconds on an unarmed crowd of students 9 wounded, 4 killed 4 million students went on strike Songs were written in response
“Ohio” Protest song written by Neil Young Number 14 on the Billboard charts in 1970 Wrote song after seeing pictures of the massacre “Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,We're finally on our own.This summer I hear the drumming,Four dead in Ohio.Gotta get down to itSoldiers are cutting us downShould have been done long ago.What if you knew herAnd found her dead on the groundHow can you run when you know?”
Woodstock Festival of peace and love Rally against the was in Vietnam Battle cry for many teens Country Joe and the Fish: “Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die” Performed at Woodstock
Examples of Protest Music CCR: Fortunate Son Social commentary on certain individuals who would not have to go off to war
Fortunate Son Some folks are born to wave the flag, Ooh, they're red, white and blue. And when the band plays "Hail to the chief", Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son. It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no, Yeah! Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don't they help themselves, oh. But when the taxman comes to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes, It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no. It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no. Some folks inherit star spangled eyes, Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord, And when you ask them, "How much should we give?" Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,
Examples of Protest Music Marvin Gaye: “Whats Going On” Released in 1971 Inspired by a police brutality incident and violence that occurred during an anti-war rally in California
What’s Going On Mother, mother There's too many of you cryingBrother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dyingYou know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today - YaFather, father We don't need to escalateYou see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hateYou know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here todayPicket lines and picket signs Don't punish me with brutalityTalk to me, so you can see Oh, what's going onWhat's going on Ya, what's going on Ah, what's going on
Imagine Lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world with peace, without the divisiveness of borders, religions, nationalities If you can imagine a world like this, than it may just come true.
War Pigs Anti-war song Speaking out against the Vietnam War
War Pigs Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at black massesEvil minds that plot destruction Sorcerer of death's constructionIn the fields the bodies burning As the war machine keeps turningDeath and hatred to mankind Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!Politicians hide themselves away They only started the warWhy should they go out to fight? They leave that all to the poorTime will tell them they are power minds Making war just for funTreating people just like pawns in chess Wait 'til their judgement day comesYeah!Now in darkness, world stops turning Ashes where the bodies burningNo more war pigs have the power Hand of God has struck the hourDay of judgement, God is calling On their knees, the war pigs crawlingBegging mercies for their sins Satan laughing, spreads his wings
American Idiot Heavily criticizes the United States References to the biased media
American Idiot Don't wanna be an American idiot. Don't want a nation under the new mediaAnd can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind f*%# America.Welcome to a new kind of tension All across the alien nation.Where everything isn't meant to be okay Television dreams of tomorrow.We're not the ones who're meant to follow For that's enough to argue.Well maybe I'm the f**** America. I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.Now everybody do the propaganda. And sing along to the age of paranoia.Welcome to a new kind of tension. All across the alien nation.Where everything isn't meant to be okay. Television dreams of tomorrow.We're not the ones who're meant to follow. For that's enough to argue.
Bob Marley Lyrics derived from a speech made by an Ethiopian emperor in 1963. Commentary on equality in the world
War Until the philosophy which hold one race superior And another Inferior Is finally And permanently Discredited And abandoned -Everywhere is war -That until there no longer First class and second class citizens of any nationUntil the colour of a man's skin Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyesThat until the basic human rights Are equally guaranteed to all,Without regard to race Dis a war. That until that dayThe dream of lasting peace, World citizenshipRule of international morality Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,But never attained Now everywhere is war - war.And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes That hold our brothers in Angola,In Mozambique, South Africa Sub-human bondageHave been toppled, Utterly destroyed -Well, everywhere is war -Me say war.
Killing in the Name Written about revolution against racism and police brutality Attacks American society Released after the LA Riots (Rodney King)
Killing in the Name Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crossesKilling in the name of!And now you do what they told yaAnd now you do what they told yaThose who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesYou justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesThose who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesYou justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesSome of those that work forces, are the same that burn crossesKilling in the name of!And now you do what they told yaAnd now you do what they told ya, now you're under controlAnd now you do what they told ya, now you're under controlAnd now you do what they told ya!Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesYou justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesThose who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesYou justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whitesCome on!