(migrating older info from CP playlist)

Ben Harper – Better Way

Michael Franti and Spearhead: Hey World

For some reason, this song runs through my head when we talk about machines, and the somewhat self-righteous reaction against them: (the lyric “some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen.”) Woody Guthrie – Pretty Boy Floyd

On graffiti and urban policing: Michelle Shocked, Graffiti Limbo. About the actual killing of a graffiti artist in NYC in the 1980s.

From Lorna:

Imagine – John Lennon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ykv1D0qEE

From Dominique:

In class, we spoke about growth machines that produce wealth for those in power by encouraging real estate development at the taxpayers’ expense. Similarly, the machine in this song is the music industry, producing wealth for the already affluent mainstream sellouts, at the expense of the creativity and originality of growth for the musicians they sponsor. I immediately thought about this song when we started reading Ferman’s book and each time we spoke about growth machines. Hope you enjoy 🙂

“Welcome to the Machine”–Pink Floyd

my reply: Dominique – that reminded me of THIS song, referencing the same sort of machine, but in a Smiths-y sort of way:

From Michael:

Seeing that we’re on the subject of “non-routine” collective action, I wanted to share a song that fits with the theme of this section of the course.


It’s called “I’m Against the Government” by a band called Defiance, Ohio. idk how you guys embedded links in text on this section so I’m not going to fool with it

From Rachael S:

Big Yellow Taxi- Counting Crows

From Julia:

Common, John Legend – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUZOKvYcx_o” title=”Glory” rel=”nofollow”>
Pete Seeger – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJUkOLGLgwg” title=”We Shall Overcome” rel=”nofollow”>
The Specials – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU” title=”Nelson Mandela” rel=”nofollow”>
Arabian Knightz ft. Lauryn Hill – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z696QHAbMIA” title=”Rebel” rel=”nofollow”>
Madeline Davis – <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR8BK56mHOw” title=”Stonewall Nation” rel=”nofollow”>


And then lots and lots of songs.

So this is the post I put on facebook last night:

It’s been pretty unrelentingly rough in my community power class for a couple of weeks. (That’s what happens when studying riots, police brutality, other forms of structural and interpersonal violence), soooo I need to play them some good songs of fighting the good fight and social justice and winning. I’ll surely include “all you fascists” by billy bragg, but what else???

Here are the many responses:

“I fought the Law” by the Clash and the Dead Kennedys

Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (many votes, including this “Spike Lee version” which uses some civil rights movement footage as a counterpoint) And “911 is a Joke

–also Fight the Power by Isley brothers

Patti Smith “People Have the Power

Elvis Costello “(Whats so Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding

Bob Dylan “The Times They are a Changing

Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution will Not Be Televised

Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddam

Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Our Side Won,” and  “Ella’s Song

Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name

CSNY: “Carry on” and “Ohio

La Santa Cecilia – “ICE El Hielo

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – “Hypocrisy of the Greatest Luxury” and “Television, Drug of the Nation

Revolution by Arrested Development, or the Beatles

Michael Franti – “Yell Fire!

We Shall Not be Moved – here by Mavis Staples

Lupe Fiasco – “The End of the World” (Occupy)

Red Leo & the Pharmacists – “CIA

Stereolab – “With Friends Like These

Sam Cooke – “Change is Gonna Come

Curtis Mayfield – “People Get Ready” — or by Eva Cassidy

John Lennon – “Imagine

Wu-Tang Clan – “A Better Tomorrow

“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley, ably covered by Joe Strummer

Free Nelson Mandela” by the Specials (Julia posted this early in the semester, too)

Jacob George “Soldier’s Heart