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




















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