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There is a Power in a Union,
This review is from: 33 Revolutions Per Minute (Paperback)
This book sets out to treat protest songs as pop music, in a context. It starts out with a quite compelling chapter on Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit" and through another 31 songs (amongst others), and a well-written 680 pages, takes you to Green Day's "American Idiot". Along the way it paints a picture of the people, ideas and events that shaped pop music as protest music. For those, like me, who thought Americans don't understand socialism, the chapters on Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger make fascinating reading. The research behind the book is comprehensive and the appendices are packed with some great ideas for playlists - not surprisingly the author had previously written the "Guardian Book of Playlists". And of course, you can guarantee he has missed your favourite protest song!
If you have a social conscience, enjoy understanding the various threads that have contributed to contemporary popular music or are just looking for a good read, this is a book you will enjoy.