All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest

Month September 2023

Second Listen ~ Songs of Struggle: A Lineage of Racial Injustice and Identity

The song “The Blacker the Berry” by Kendrick Lamar part of deep and rich musical lineage that explores various themes regarding racial identity inequality, discrimination and social injustice. This lineage consists of songs that connect through their powerful commentary on… Continue Reading →

2nd Listen “Looking For Somebody (To Love)”

Although school shootings are a fairly new phenomenon, there have been plenty of songs discussing and addressing the social issue and what causes such a tragic event. I would like to discuss the lineage of Metallica’s “Ronnie” → P.O.D.’s “Youth… Continue Reading →

“Breakfast” Second Listen

“Breakfast” by Dove Cameron is an alternative pop song that focuses on empowering women and getting rid of the power dynamic between men and women. As I was searching for songs that encapsulated this idea in a similar way, I… Continue Reading →

Second Listen White Boy Bikini Kill

 Bikini Kill’s song, “White Boy” discusses toxic masculinity and how misogynic men are violent towards women. Kim Gordon, a female vocalist for Sonic Youth wrote a song called “Kool Thing” in the 1990s. Now, this was a bit before White… Continue Reading →

Second Listen – Butchered Tongue, Hozier (Emma Kelly)

Second Listen Lineage Zombie, The Cranberries -> Foreigner’s God, Hozier -> Butchered Tongue, Hozier “Zombie” “Zombie,” by The Cranberries, is one of the most recognizable contemporary protest songs. Written by an Irish band, about the heavy violence present in the… Continue Reading →

Second Listening Post- Lineage of Music

Killing In The Name Of (1992)→ The Kill (2001)  Fortunate Son (1969)–>The Kill (2001)  London Calling (1979)–> The Kill (2001)  The Kill (2001)–> B.Y.O.B (2005)    While every song listed above ties together an important lineage of anti-war music, perhaps… Continue Reading →

Listen #2: “At the Purchaser’s Option” by Rhiannon Giddens

Like many other songs, we have gone over in this class, At the Purchaser’s Option by Rhiannon Giddens embodies not one issue but multiple social justice issues that are going on today. The Purchaser’s Option addresses dilemmas including women being… Continue Reading →

Second Listening Post- Paul Urban

Lineage, we have all heard the word before, descends from somewhere, came from a predecessor. Most songs exist within a lineage. There have been others framing similar social justice issues and or protesting the same ideas. With this lineage, I… Continue Reading →

Second Listen

Lineage: “I Was Born This Way” by Carl Bean –> “For Today I am Boy” by Anthony and the Johnsons –> “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga –> “Salt” by Bad Suns –> “1,2,3 Dayz Up” by Kim Petras “I… Continue Reading →

“Be Free” Song Lineage

J. Cole – “Be Free” J Cole’s “Be Free” came out in 2014. His song was definitely not the first song to discuss police brutality and innocent black people being gunned down by police. However, their have been many songs… Continue Reading →

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