Protest Song Enough by Eric B

Expression: The Culture of Social Movements in Protest Music

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For this assignment you need to read:

Select 1 protest song that is associated with an extant or historical social movement (or a social cause). There are good examples in the first reading as well as below: (you are not limited to these examples)

  • In a 600-700 word paper discuss the following:
    • Select a verse from the song that you feel tells the story of the song. What does the lyrical content say about the contentious politics around this issue?
    • Who is the intended audience for this song? How can music encourage people to participate in their community, their nation, and the world?
    • Why did you choose this protest song and what does it say about your “worldview” (your beliefs around the issue)
    • 15 points

** Please review the rubric to maximize your points for this assignment and integrate the ideas from the readings.

Verse/Song: The description: What does the lyrical content say about the contentious politics around this issue?

Audience: The description: Who is the intended audience for this song?

Activism: The description: How can music encourage people to participate in their community, their nation, and the world?

Application to you: The description: Why did you choose this protest song and what does it say about your “worldview” (your beliefs around the issue)

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These are the rubric.


Other choices:

  • Black Liberation Movements
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson
  • “Freedom” by Beyonce’ and Kendrick Lamar
  • “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
  • “The Revolution will not be Televised” Gil Scott-Heron
  • “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown
  • “Alright” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2 (Live Version)
  • Anti-Colonial / Political Corruption Movements
  • “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley
  • “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley
  • “White Riot” by The Clash
  • “American Idiot” by Green Day
  • “Sleep Now In the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine
  • “All I Need Is One Mic” by Nas
  • Anti-Poverty / Urban Movements
  • “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash
  • “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy
  • “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron
  • “All I need is one mic” by Nas
  • “Hallelujah Money” by Gorillaz
  • Feminism / Women’s Movement
  • “Just A Girl” by No Doubt
  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
  • “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox
  • “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
  • “Unity” by Queen Latifah
  • “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain
  • Gay Rights / Identity Movement
  • “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
  • “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • “Americans” Janelle Monae’
  • “Small Town Boy” Bronski Beat
  • “Uprising of Love” Melissa Ethridge
  • Anti-War Movements
  • “What’s Going On” Marvin Gay
  • “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
  • “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” by Phil Ochs
  • “The Times They Are Changing” by Bob Dylan
  • “For What It’s Worth” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish
  • “Give Peace a Chance” by Plastic One Band
  • “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Chicano Activism: https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/08/25/491373782/latin-roots-chicano-activism (Links to an external site.)
  • If you use examples from here or other Spanish songs, please translate.

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