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New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways

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Smithsonian Folkways 19 Mar 09 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,Billy 19 Mar 09 - 05:36 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 19 Mar 09 - 05:39 PM
Joe Offer 19 Mar 09 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,Gerry 19 Mar 09 - 06:20 PM
Jeff Place 02 Apr 09 - 10:08 AM
GUEST,tomcaat1 12 Jan 13 - 09:15 PM
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Subject: New Album: Classic Protest Songs
From: Smithsonian Folkways
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 03:42 PM

Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

There are some great rarely heard tracks such as Spirits of the Revolution by Larry Estridge, and well known songs such as: We shall Overcome, Strangee Fruit, and Blowin' in the Wind.

This new album from Smithsonian Folkways goes on sale next week, Tues March 24,2009!!

Check out www.folkways.si.edu starting next week for samples and more info.

War, social injustice, personal plaints, and calls for action
have long fueled musical creation and performance. In Classic
Protest Songs, Mark Gustafson and Jeff Place taps the historic
Smithsonian audio collections to compile 22 songs favored
by leaders of antiwar, civil rights, industrial labor, farm worker,
and other struggles to air their grievances. Woody Guthrie,
Lead Belly, Janis Ian, Big Bill Broonzy, Pete Seeger, Barbara
Dane, Guy Carawan, Phil Ochs, and other marquee artists
let their voices ring out with calls for peace and justice.


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways
From: GUEST,Billy
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 05:36 PM

How can such a wishy washy song as 'Blowin in the Wind' be classed as a protest song? A whole sring of platitudes and esoteric references! No wonder it appealed to those who didn't know what to protest against The answer was blowin' out his arse.


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 05:39 PM

Get real Billy. It was a classic protest song that probably reached more and changed more than you realize.


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 05:41 PM

Yeah, but "Blowin' in the Wind" meant a lot to us when we were teenagers in the late 1960's. I hope we have more sophisticated tastes now, but it certainly had its place among the list of significant protest songs in its time. And whether it's the perfect protest song or not, it's one protest song that everybody knew at the time.
-Joe-
Here's the track list from Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways:

1. Freedom Now Chant - Mass meeting participants in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
2. Jesus Christ - Woody Guthrie
3. Bourgeois Blues - Lead Belly
4. Black, Brown, and White - Big Bill Broonzy
5. Baby, I've Been Thinking (Society's Child) - Janis Ian
6. Blowing in the Wind - The New World Singers
7. This Land is Your Land - Steve Forbert, Jack Hardy, Jill Burkee & Mark Dann
8. Turn, Turn, Turn - Liz Getz
9. As Long as the Grass Will Grow - Peter La Farge
10. Talking Pay T.V. - Phil Ochs
11. Masters of War - The Bergerfolk
12. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy - Pete Seeger
13. Agent Orange - Peggy Seeger
14. Strange Fruit - Brother John Sellers
15. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? - The New Lost City Ramblers
16. I'm Going to Write the Governor of Georgia - Champion Jack Dupree
17. When We Make it Through - Barbara Dane
18. Evicted Tenant - Sis Cunningham
19. Corrido de César Chávez - Los Perros del Pueblo Nuevo
20. Gone, Gone, Gone - Red Shadow
21. Spirits of the Revolution - Larry Estridge
22. We Shall Overcome - Guy Carawan


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkwa
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 06:20 PM

Anybody else remember a parody TV/radio commercial from way back when, featuring someone doing an impression of Bob Dylan hawking an album called Golden Protest? Somehow that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this thread about Classic Protest.


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways
From: Jeff Place
Date: 02 Apr 09 - 10:08 AM

Ah. "Golden Protest" that was the National Lampoon's Radio Dinner album


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Subject: RE: New Album-Classic Protest songs from S' Folkways
From: GUEST,tomcaat1
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 09:15 PM

i followed through to here and just thought i'd post. i think we are just too anxious to attach a song (blowin' in the wind)as a specific response to a given point in history, time or whatever you call it. dylan, i know for sure didn't acknowledge it as a "protest song". he never liked to associate anything he wrote or did with anything, for that matter. he claimed lyrics were usually inspired by what he saw or felt at any given time. yeah, he could get pretty anal at times, and youthful irresponsibility came into play, but i do agree that he shunned that "voice or guru of a rebellion" label he had. i came up in that genre, and its clear to me now all that really ever happened with us kids back then was simply a matter of catching hold of a few words to this song or any other and took it to "anthemic" status. dylan, by the way was laughing all the way to the bank.    thanks


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