33 Revolutions per Minute A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day

ISBN-10: 0061670154
ISBN-13: 9780061670152
Edition: 2011
Authors: Dorian Lynskey
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Description: From one of the United Kingdom's most prominent music critics, a page-turning and wonderfully researched history of 33 songs that have transformed the world through the twentieth century and beyond. When pop music meets politics, the results are  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

From one of the United Kingdom's most prominent music critics, a page-turning and wonderfully researched history of 33 songs that have transformed the world through the twentieth century and beyond. When pop music meets politics, the results are often thrilling, sometimes life-changing, and never simple. The protest songs of such great artists as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, U2, Public Enemy, Fela Kuti, R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, and the Clash represent pop music at its most charged and relevant, providing the soundtrack and informing social change since the 1930s. They capture the attention and passions of listeners, force their way into the news, and make their presence felt from the streets to the corridors of power. 33 Revolutions Per Minute is a history of protest music embodied in 33 songs that span seven decades and four continents, from Billie Holiday crooning "Strange Fruit" before a shocked audience to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young paying tribute to the Vietnam protesters killed at Kent State in "Ohio," to Green Day railing against President Bush and twenty-first-century media in "American Idiot." With the aid of exclusive new interviews, Dorian Lynskey explores the individuals, ideas, and events behind each song. This expansive survey examines how music has engaged with racial unrest, nuclear paranoia, apartheid, war, poverty, and oppression, offering hope, stirring anger, inciting action, and producing songs that continue to resonate years down the line, sometimes at great cost to the musicians involved. For the audience who embraced Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise, Bob Dylan's Chronicles, or Simon Reynolds's Rip It Up and Start Again, 33 Revolutions Per Minute is an absorbing and moving account of 33 songs that made history.

Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for the Guardian. He was the Big Issue's music critic for three years and has freelanced for a host of titles, including Q, Word, Spin, Empire, Blender and the Observer. He is the author of The Guardian Book of Playlists (Aurum, 2008), a collection of his popular Readers Recommend columns for the Guardian.

Prologue
1939-1964
�Strange Fruit�
�This Land Is Your Land�
�We Shall Overcome�
�Masters of War�
�Mississippi Goddam�
1965-1973
Country Joe and the Fish, �I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag�
�Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud�
Plastic Ono Band, �Give Peace a Chance�
�War�
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, �Ohio�
�The Revolution Will Not Be Televised�
�Living for the City�
1973-1977 (chile, nigeria, Jamaica)
�Manifiesto�
Fela Kuti and Afrika 70, �Zombie�
Max Romeo and the Upsetters, �War Ina Babylon�
1977-1987
The Clash, �White Riot�
�I Was Born This Way�
�Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)�
The Dead Kennedys, �Holiday in Cambodia�
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five feat. Melle Mel and Duke Bootee, �The Message�
Crass, �How Does It Feel?�
Frankie Goes to Hollywood, �Two Tribes�
U2, �Pride (In the Name of Love)�
The Special AKA, �Nelson Mandela�
Billy Bragg, �Between the Wars�
R.E.M., �Exhuming McCarthy�
1989-2008
Public Enemy, �Fight the Power�
Huggy Bear, �Her Jazz�
The Prodigy feat. Pop Will Eat Itself, �Their Law�
Manic Street Preachers, �Of Walking Abortion�
Rage Against the Machine, �Sleep Now in the Fire�
Steve Earle, �John Walker's Blues�
Green Day, �American Idiot�
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
appendices
Protest Songs Before 1900
Songs and Albums Mentioned in the Text
One Hundred Recommended Songs
Sources
Index

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