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Rob O Examples of songs that changed something. (39) RE: Examples of songs that changed something. 21 Sep 98

My friend is in media (well sorta, he's in radio directing and producing and wants to be the next Alfred Hitchcock but you get the point) and he and I go back and forth attempting to deterimine the causality of the media and society. Is music a reflection of society, or does music change society?

I can't tell.

But historically people in power have been leary of freedom of speech, and music was a form of speech. The countless songs of freedom in Irish history for example, songs of the revolution in America, songs that brought the idea of freedom and equality. I can't believe that they listening to people singing these, seeing the passion and strength of conviction, didn't influence some people's opinions.

Perhaps its not a direct change, that no one stood up and said "I heard this song so now I want to overthrow my landlord", but that idea, that freedom is for all, for example... ideas are powerfull.

Rob O

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