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From Memphis to Merseyside #3

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Ep 3 Protest Songs
In the decade after World War 2 life in America was about crooners on the radio,
church on Sunday, rigid gender roles and social structures, and the age of the
automobile. On the surface, it was a time of prosperity. But underneath this thin
veneer, a cauldron of unrest was simmering. With the rise of a new type of music
called rock and roll, this cauldron finally boiled over. Music was no longer able to
be segregated, and an entire generation of young people started to question this
social order, including its inherent racism. By the 1960s musicians discovered that
they had a voice, and weren’t afraid to speak out. This tumultuous decade saw civil
rights protests sweep the country, and it wasn’t long before young people started to
question the American involvement in Vietnam. As much as an older generation
wanted things to go back to the way they were before, the world was never going to
be the same.
Artist Song
Ric Denis This Rumbling Sky
Elvis Presley That’s Alright Mama
A Little Less Conversation
The Beatles Love Me Do
Here Comes the Sun
The End
The Beatles Revolution
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome
Billie Holiday Strange Fruit
Murray McLaughlin I Live On A White Cloud (for
George Floyd)
Phil Ochs I Ain’t Marching Anymore
Bob Dylan Blowin’ In The Wind
If I Can Dream Elvis Presley
Creedence Clearwater Revival Fortunate Son
#5 Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman
#4 Dion Abraham Martin and John
# 3 Stevie Wonder For Once In My Life
#2 Diana Ross and The
Supremes Love Child
#1 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Wings Give Ireland Back To The Irish
U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Phil Ochs The War Is Over
Black Sabbath War Pigs
Plastic Ono Band Give Peace A Chance
The Monkees Zor and Zam
Buffy Ste. Marie Universal Soldier
Barry McGuire Eve Of Destruction
We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
Billy Bragg Revolution
Bryan James Duffy The Red Brick Road



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