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

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When pop music meets politics, the results are often thrilling, sometimes life changing, and never simple. 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” 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 21st-century media in “American Idiot” (now a Broadway musical). 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. The book divides into five chapters of historical significance: 1939-1964; 1965-1973; 1973-1977; 1977-1987; 1989-2008. List of Songs and Albums in Text; List of 100 Recommended Songs. Sources, Index. 660p.

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