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Serge Denisoff saw the protest song tradition originating in the "psalms" or songs of grass-roots Protestant religious revival movement. Denisoff classified protest songs as either "magnetic" or "rhetorical".
Magnetic protest songs attracted people to a movement and promoted group solidarity and commitment for instance, "We Shall Overcome". Rhetorical protest songs are characterized by individual indignation and straightforward messages designed to change human opinion for instance, "Blowin' in the Wind".
Mobilizing Tradition in the Twentieth Century, point out that some of the most effective protest songs gain power through their appropriation of tunes that are bearers of strong cultural traditions. Here the role and place of music needs to be interpreted through a broader framework in which tradition and ritual are understood as processes of identity and identification, as encoded and embodied forms of collective meaning and memory.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps the most famous voices of protest at the time, at least in America, were the Hutchinson Family Singers. Fromthe Hutchinson Family Singers became well-known for their songs supporting abolition. Their songs most often touched on relevant social issues such as abolition, the temperance movement, politics, war and women's suffrage.
Much of their music focused on idealism, social reform, equal rights, moral improvement, community activism and patriotism. They are considered to be the forerunners of the protest singers-songwriters and folk groups of the s and 60s such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and are often referred to as America's first protest band.
Many Negro spirituals have been interpreted as thinly-veiled expressions of protest against slavery and oppression.
These spiritual songs antedated the Civil War. The first collection of African-American spirituals appeared in Thomas Wentworth Higginson's book Army Life in a Black Regiment, which was published inbut collected in while Higginson was serving as a colonel of the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first regiment recruited from former slaves.
A fervent abolitionist, Transcendentalist critic, and poetry lover, who was a friend and champion of the American poet Emily Dickinson, Higginson had been deeply impressed by the beauty of the devotional songs he heard the soldiers singing around the regiment's campfires. Higginson wrote down the texts, in dialect, as he heard them, but failed to provide tunes.
A topical parlor song that is arguably a precursor of environmental movement is an musical setting of "Woodman, Spare That Tree! Much American protest music from the first half of the 20th century was based on the struggle for fair wages and working hours for the working class, and on the attempt to unionize the American workforce towards those ends.
One of the most famous of the "Wobblies" was Joe Hill, an IWW activist who traveled widely, organizing workers and writing and singing political songs. He coined the phrase "pie in the sky," which appeared in his most famous protest song "The Preacher and the Slave" The advent of The Great War — resulted in many protest songs.
Another was "War Babies," with music composed by James F. Hanley and lyrics by Ballard MacDonald. Give Me No Man's Land"is about a young boy trying to call his father in No Man's Land on the telephone then a recent inventionunaware that he has been killed in combat.
The s and 30s saw the continuing growth of the union and labor movements, as well as widespread poverty due to the Great Depression. Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, a pro-union musical directed by Orson Welles, was produced inbut it was so controversial that it was shut down for fear of social unrest.
Undeterred, the IWW increasingly used music to protest dismal working conditions and to recruit new members.
A month after it was issued, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and President Roosevelt issued an order banning racial and religious discrimination in defense hiring. The Almanacs immediately switched to a pro-war position and the album was withdrawn and all copies destroyed.
Their second album, Talking Union, was a collection of labor songs which contained "Talking Union", sung by Woody Guthrie, who had joined the group in July. The Almanacs were widely criticized in the press for switching positions. In Hays and Seeger organized a quartet initially known as the No Name Quartet; by it was enjoying great popular success as The Weavers.
Several of the Weavers' most popular songs, such as "If I Had a Hammer," were protest songs, although the political content was not explicit.
But because of its New Deal and popular front associations, folk music itself came under a dark cloud as potentially subversive, regardless of content, and disappeared from the mass media. The Weavers had their recording contract canceled by Decca Records, but returned to sing before a rapturous crowd in a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in The album documenting this concert, The Weavers at Carnegie Hall, became a highly influential best-selling album.
The State Department denied Robeson a passport and issued a "stop notice" at all ports, effectively confining him to the United States. In a symbolic act of defiance against the travel ban, labor unions in the U. Robeson stood on the back of a flat bed truck on the American side of the border and performed a concert for a crowd on the Canadian side, estimated at 20, to 40, people.
In the s, one of the leading musical voices of protest from the African American community in America was Josh White, one of the first musicians to make a name singing political blues.-advocate of social reform, women's rights, and anti-war movements-founder of Hull House.
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