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Breaking the silence: Protest songs sound loudly in every era

Breaking the silence: Protest songs sound loudly in every era

Emily Brandenstein

February 8, 2015


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

John Lennon’s tender anthem “Imagine” is a protest song that everyone recognizes instantly when its slow piano notes lure in the listener. It was also nearly the only one of his songs that was played incessantly when Lennon was murdered Dec. 8, 1980. The melody that frames the lyrics is soft and ethereal; meanwhile, Lennon spells out his v...

St. Vincent DeJamz: Protest songs back then and now

St. Vincent DeJamz: Protest songs back then and now

Emily Brandenstein

February 8, 2015


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Any artist could write a protest song. It takes a special artist, one who is viewed as an agent of change and hope in a time of dissent, to write an anthem that moves those who condemn such marginalization. And sometimes, the true meaning of a protest song is not realized until it is embraced again years ...

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