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A significant strand of American music, especially in the folk and blues arenas, relates to what came to be known as protest songs when opinions on a number of key social and political issues during the post-war era - civil rights, nuclear disarmament, industrial justice and more - found a unified voice in the musical protest movement. However, this was nothing new, and many of the songs associated with this era came from earlier decades, as blues singers chronicled experiences of racial prejudice, poor rural folk sang about the privations of the Depression, industrial workers railed against exploitation, and gospel singers sought solace in spirituals. This 50-track 2-CD set brings together a selection of recordings which, one way or another, relate to the idea of songs as a medium of protest and social and political commentary, with the later incarnations representing the early stirrings of the classic folk protest movement which crystallised in the early '60s in the hands of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others - one or two of their early recordings are included here. Many of the noted voices of protest are featured here - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Josh White - along with folk artists who embraced the cause like Odetta, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and many more, plus some of the more obscure but no less important recordings that set the tone and led the way for later artists. It's a fascinating and we hope inspiring collection, which tells many a story.
A significant strand of American music, especially in the folk and blues arenas, relates to what came to be known as protest songs when opinions on a number of key social and political issues during the post-war era - civil rights, nuclear disarmament, industrial justice and more - found a unified voice in the musical protest movement. However, this was nothing new, and many of the songs associated with this era came from earlier decades, as blues singers chronicled experiences of racial prejudice, poor rural folk sang about the privations of the Depression, industrial workers railed against exploitation, and gospel singers sought solace in spirituals. This 50-track 2-CD set brings together a selection of recordings which, one way or another, relate to the idea of songs as a medium of protest and social and political commentary, with the later incarnations representing the early stirrings of the classic folk protest movement which crystallised in the early '60s in the hands of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others - one or two of their early recordings are included here. Many of the noted voices of protest are featured here - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Josh White - along with folk artists who embraced the cause like Odetta, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and many more, plus some of the more obscure but no less important recordings that set the tone and led the way for later artists. It's a fascinating and we hope inspiring collection, which tells many a story.
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Format: CD
Label: ACROBAT
Rel. Date: 08/05/2022
UPC: 824046343422

Songs Of Civil Rights & Protest / Various
Artist: Songs Of Civil Rights & Protest / Various
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
2. Southern Sons - Go Down Moses
3. Leadbelly - The Bourgeois Blues
4. Josh White - Uncle Sam Says
5. Paul Robeson - Song Of Freedom
6. Pete Seeger ; The Almanac Singers - Dear Mr. President
7. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
8. Tom Glazer - We've Got A Plan (G.I. Joe And The C.I.O.)
9. Sir Lancelot - Atomic Energy
10. Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace
11. Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Coyal McMahan - I Shall Not Be Moved
12. Big Bill Broonzy - When Do I Get to Be Called a Man?
13. The Ramparts - The Death of Emmett Till Parts 1 ; 2
14. The Weavers - Which Side Are You On
15. Cisco Houston - The Great American Bum
16. Brother Will Hairston (Hurricane Of The Motor City) - The Alabama Bus Parts 1 ; 2
17. Nat King Cole - We Are Americans Too
18. Odetta - Spiritual Trilogy: Oh, Freedom, Come and Go With Me, I'm on My Way
19. The Caravans - We Are Soldiers In The Army
20. Oscar Brand - Fair And Free Elections
21. Joan Baez - All My Trials
22. Harry Belafonte - Oh Freedom
23. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - This Little Light Of Mine
24. Soul Stirrers - Free At Last
25. Bob Dylan - The Gospel Plow
26. Bob Miller - The Rich Man And The Poor Man
27. Paul Robeson - Joe Hill
28. Josh White - Defense Factory Blues
29. Dave McCarn - Cotton Mill Colic
30. Bob Hill - Pity The Downtrodden Landlord
31. Furry Lewis - Judge Harsh Blues
32. Big Bill Broonzy - Black, Brown And White
33. Southern Sons - Lift Every Voice And Sing
34. Laura Duncan - I've Got A Right
35. Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry - We Shall Be Free
36. Almanac Singers - We Shall Not Be Moved
37. Earl Robinson - The House I Live In
38. Pete Seeger - Talking Atom
39. Nina Simone - Brown Baby
40. Staple Singers - I've Been Scorned
41. Cisco Houston - Soup Song
42. Dave Van Ronk - Please See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Dave Van Ronk
43. Mahalia Jackson - Go Tell It On The Mountain
44. Sam Cooke - Steal Away
45. Odetta - If I Had A Hammer
46. Judy Collins - Wars of Germany
47. The Weavers - Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
48. Kingston Trio - Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
49. Bob Dylan - Song To Woody
50. Guy Carawan - We Shall Overcome

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A significant strand of American music, especially in the folk and blues arenas, relates to what came to be known as protest songs when opinions on a number of key social and political issues during the post-war era - civil rights, nuclear disarmament, industrial justice and more - found a unified voice in the musical protest movement. However, this was nothing new, and many of the songs associated with this era came from earlier decades, as blues singers chronicled experiences of racial prejudice, poor rural folk sang about the privations of the Depression, industrial workers railed against exploitation, and gospel singers sought solace in spirituals. This 50-track 2-CD set brings together a selection of recordings which, one way or another, relate to the idea of songs as a medium of protest and social and political commentary, with the later incarnations representing the early stirrings of the classic folk protest movement which crystallised in the early '60s in the hands of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others - one or two of their early recordings are included here. Many of the noted voices of protest are featured here - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Josh White - along with folk artists who embraced the cause like Odetta, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and many more, plus some of the more obscure but no less important recordings that set the tone and led the way for later artists. It's a fascinating and we hope inspiring collection, which tells many a story.
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