I grew up through the 1960s, when resistance was to the draft, the war in Vietnam, and capitalism. While the fronts may have changed, the war of resistance against greed-driven government and the military-industrial complex (now the military-industrial-technological-communication complex?) continues on. Here are a few old protest songs from those times and others, for your resistance sound-track of today.
Have suggestions to add to this soundtrack? Leave links in the comments!
Creedence Clearwater Revival—Fortunate Son (the title for this article comes from the lyrics)
Richie Havens—Handsome Johnny
Peter, Paul, and Mary—Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez—Singing together at the 1963 March on Washington
Joan Baez leading the crowd singing We Shall Overcome at the 1963 March on Washington
Woody Guthrie—This Land is Your Land (listen to all of the verses)
The Freedom Singers—Woke Up This Morning
Lakota—To Walk the Red Road
Seal—A Change is Gonna Come
Bob Marley—One Love
Tracy Chapman—Talking About a Revolution
Tracy Chapman—Bang Bang Bang
Bob Dylan—With God on Our Side
And, because it is so needed to counter the pussy-grabber-in-chief…
Women’s Honoring Song
“Anagehya- women of all the Nations – you are the strength, you are the force, you are the healing of the Nations.”
Pete Seeger—Which Side Are You On? (Union song)
Keep the music playing, keep the resistance strong, sing out, sing loud!
See “Democracy is Coming to the USA” and “Silence ii—Sound of Silence” in this issue for more music related to the Resist! theme! For more songs of protest, including more contemporary songs, try this YouTube list of Protest Songs curated by Amnesty International, UK. Missing Peace Art Space curates the Peace Museum YouTube Channel.
HAVE SUGGESTIONS TO ADD TO THIS SOUNDTRACK? LEAVE LINKS IN THE COMMENTS!
I leave you with an anthem from my high school, anti-war days, a song from Woodstock.
The Jefferson Airplane—Volunteers!