Music is power : popular songs, social justice and the will to change /

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New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press,, United States, p.viii, 236 pages : (2020)

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(OCoLC)fst01071452, (OCoLC)fst01071460, fast, gnd, Political aspects, Political aspects., Popular music, Protestsong, Social aspects, Social aspects., Soziale Gerechtigkeit, Unterhaltungsmusik


Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-225) and index."Music is Power takes us on a guided tour through the past 100 years of politically-conscious music, from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie to Green Day and NWA. Covering a wide variety of genres, including reggae, country, metal, psychedelia, rap, punk, folk and soul, Brad Schreiber demonstrates how musicians can take a variety of approaches-- angry rallying cries, mournful elegies to the victims of injustice, or even humorous mockeries of authority--to fight for a fairer world. While shining a spotlight on Phil Ochs, Gil Scott-Heron, The Dead Kennedys and other seminal, politicized artists, he also gives readers a new appreciation of classic acts such as Lesley Gore, James Brown, and Black Sabbath, who overcame limitations in their industry to create politically potent music."--