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Protest songs
« on: Today at 07:21:31 am »
The U.S. is having another melt down with massive demonstrations or maybe rioting would be a better term against police brutality.
Made me think of this song, one of the 1st I learned to play on guitar.
For What Its Worth, Buffalo Springfield



The song was written about police action against people demonstrating
a curfew brought on by complaints about party goers on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
"Local residents and businesses had become annoyed by how crowds of young people going to clubs and music venues along the Strip had caused late-night traffic congestion." Wikipedia
Stephen Stills and Neil Young in their early years.
Anyone have a favorite protest song ?
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Re: Protest songs
« Reply #1 on: Today at 08:23:01 am »
Woodsy, all throw one into the mix.

This song by Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gerreformeerde Blues Band and the performance from back in the late 80s in South Africa, before the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. It is all about propaganda on the national TV channels.  The band was part of an awakening and beginning of a new voice in Afrikaans music.  I can't say specifics about the particular performance but at that time there was a landmark concert in Johannesburg followed by a national tour ... I was at the first and saw the tour show in Pietermartizberg. So lots of personal associations as well as cultural and political significance in South Africa.




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Re: Protest songs
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:34:46 am »
What language is that in David? don't recognize it.
Interesting history , with a tragic ending I see.

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« Reply #3 on: Today at 11:02:32 am »
What language is that in David? don't recognize it.
Interesting history , with a tragic ending I see.

Tragic indeed, Woodsy, Ralph Rabie aka Johannes Kerkorrel eventually took his own life.

The language is Afrikaans. Derived from Dutch and other European influences, developed by settlers who came to Southern Africa from the mid 1600s.

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Re: Protest songs
« Reply #4 on: Today at 12:04:35 pm »
I thought i detected Germanic in there.
Another favorite protest song of mine, Ohio.






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« Reply #5 on: Today at 01:25:20 pm »
I'm suprised this has been missed out of the list.  Couldn't find an official video.



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« Reply #6 on: Today at 01:28:50 pm »
Or a different type of protest song, this was on the same EP that featured 2468 Motorway.



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Re: Protest songs
« Reply #7 on: Today at 02:36:36 pm »
Anyone else have some favorite protest songs ?

Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie but brought to prominence by Donovan during his early folkie phase, no single song better detailed the plight of the conscripted soldier or career mercenary than this mid ‘60s lament about the perils of war and the devastating effects it leaves in its wake. The song makes the point that borders are meaningless when it comes to those in the front lines, and that all those who fight their nation’s battles remain mere pawns in a futile struggle. —Lee Zimmerman




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Re: Protest songs
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This:



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Great one CT !

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Re: Protest songs
« Reply #11 on: Today at 07:41:23 pm »
One of my favourites, by in my opinion the best artist to record it, Pete Seeger!
https://youtu.be/M_Ld8JGv56E
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