Today's class will cover these categories:
The Protest Song Tradition
Billie Holiday: "Strange Fruit," originally recorded in 1939
Pete Seeger: "Which Side Are You On?" written by Florence Reece, Harlan County, Kentucky, 1932
The Cold War
Bob Dylan: "Masters of War." Released in 1963 on album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Randy Newman, "Political Science," released on the 1972 album Sail Away
The Civil Rights Movement
Phil Ochs: "Here's to the State of Mississippi," from the 1965 album I Ain't Marching Anymore
Bob Dylan: "Oxford Town," written in 1962, released in 1963 on album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
John Coltrane - "Alabama" - the saxophonist's response to the BIrmingham church bombing in 1963
James Brown - "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud"
The Vietnam War
Buffy Sainte-Marie: "Universal Soldier," written in 1963, and was a hit for Donovan in 1965.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Fortunate Son," released as a 45rpm single in September 1969.
Jimmy Cliff - Vietnam - 1969 hit from one of the first reggae stars
Edwin Starr - "War" - 1970 - a number one hit and one of the first political songs from Motown Records
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Ohio" - written in response to the killings of anti-war protesters at Kent State University in May 1970
John Lennon and Yoko Ono - "Give Peace A Chance" - released July 4. 1969 in the US
Joni Mitchell - "Big Yellow Taxi" - 1970 "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot"
Additional Social Commentary
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - "Who Needs the Peace Corps?"
Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
Johnny Cash - "The Man In Black"