PROTEST MUSIC Intro Journal discussion questions: -What does it mean to protest something? -Why (in our nation’s history and today) would artists choose to write protest music? -Can you think of any protest songs/artists/issues? ***3 sentences!!***
What is protest music? • Spinoff of folk-rock genre music. • Cry out against inequality, poverty and war, support of workers, civil and human rights. • Helps people realize they're not alone in feelings that are against certain injustices. • Sometimes called ‘rebelling’ a certain issue/topic.
Two Artists We Are Studying: Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan Seeger Dylan • Pete Seeger • His parents were both musicians • Pre-World War II songs • Known as a musician, labor activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate • Born May 3, 1919 in New York • Spent time in the South during the Civil Rights marches in the 60’s – when he wrote “We Shall Overcome” • Plays the banjo • His work has inspired musicians today like the Dixie Chicks and Bruce Springsteen
Seeger continued… Then • Big during the 40’s and early 50’s • Still playing music today • Quote: “Participation! It’s what all of my work has been about” • Was not always popular since he took different stances on issues • Earned several awards for his music • Called a “saint” by Bob Dylan Now
Artist 2 • Bob Dylan • Early 1960’s • Known as a poet and musician • Became popular during folk music genre • Sang about topical issues / current events: Vietnam war (song: Blowin’ in the Wind) and nuclear bungling of Cuban Missile Crisis (song: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall) • Rebelled against power • Abandoned the protest music in 1965 – adopted electrically amplified instruments and began creating rock and roll music.
Dylan Continued… Then • Born Robert Allen Zimmerman – May 24, 1941 – Duluth, MN • Best known music/works come from the 60’s • Lyrics incorporated politics, philosophy and literary influences – defied pop music and attracted other/more listeners during this time • One of the most influential musicians and songwriters in American culture Now
Today’s Protest Music • Brainstorm artists/songs/ideas that have to do with today’s protest music • Ideas: • ARTISTS • Greenday • IDEAS/ISSUES • 9/11 tragedy • SONGS • Outkast – Bombs over Bagdad
Seeger Songs • Where Have All The Flowers Gone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1tqtvxG8O4 • If I Had a Hammer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSWQfCkduu0 • Turn! Turn! Turn! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydul4B1fyJ0
Dylan Songs • Blowin’ in the Wind • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1E8t_55U2g&feature=fvst • We Shall Overcome http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S66gM3PoZLE • The Times They Are A Changin’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH8hPRCr72w
Other resources • Learn 360 video –title: Musicals, Musicians, Vietnam War, Indira Gandhi, and the Six Day War – gives background of this time period • PBS – Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan videos • Brainpop – 60s Folk Music – discusses Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger • Radio show about Seeger: http://www.peteseeger.org/the_series/#3 • http://www.songfacts.com/artist-bob_dylan.php - all about Bob Dylan’s songs and the meanings behind them • Bob Dylan news article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fifty-years-ago-today-bob-dylan-premiered-blowin-in-the-wind-20120416 • Bob Dylan bio video: http://www.biography.com/people/bob-dylan-9283052
Project • Group creation of a poem or song about some issue that concerns you today that you would like to protest.