Are protest songs effective, either as protest or songs? Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Lilli Lewis, Rod Picott and Tyler Hislop to discuss how protest works in various musical genres, who it caters to and when it goes wrong. Is the day of the protest song over or is it alive and well?
Rod mentions how Bruce Springsteen clarified the political nature of “Born in the USA” by rearranging it (just like Neil Young with “Rockin’ in the Free World”.) We also mention “1913 Massacre”, “Fuck the Police”, “Signs”, “Ohio”, “We Are the World”, “Why We Build the Wall”, shitty protest songs against COVID restrictions, hip hop for respectand more.
Lilli mentions Crys Matthews. Mark mentions this article on Twisted Sister and their song used for Ukraine. Visit worldunited.live re. Ukraine.
Each of us wrote some kind of political song: Rod, Lilli, Tyler and Mark. Learn more about Lilli and Rod’s current releases at folkrockdiva.com and rodpicott.com.
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