Thanks to all for their kind thoughts on my previous post about Barb. She and I saw "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" last night. Among other things, it reminded us of the power of rock'n'roll. And political movements need a sound. After all, the French Revolution had La Marseillaise and people have been singing that number for more than 200 years. We have Trump. So turning to my rock'n'roll musical roots, here are my
Fifteen for Freedom:
- Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan:
Sure there were folk singing protesters before Bob, but his music changed the world. How many years can a people exist?
- London Calling, The Clash:
Punk rock of the '70s, challenging police brutality and nuclear accidents with a great howl.
- Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2:
Bono says this is not a rebel song, but with that military beat, you you want to get to your feet and fight for what's right.
- For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield:
"There's something happening here." Say it Steven!
- Where's The Revolution, Depech Mode:
The only current song on the list, it speaks directly to today. But that is something all of these songs do.
- Dialogue Part I and II, Chicago:
Maybe not the song that finally got Chicago into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, but "don't you feel repression, just closing in around?"
- Pompeii, Bastille:
Of course natural disasters have always been around, but our new EPAChief shouldn't be guiding us to avoidable calamities.
- Shape of Things to Come, Max Frost and the Troopers:
From the 1968 movie Wild in the Streets, "a cult classic of counterculture."
- Imagine, John Lennon:
I don't particularly care for this Lennon classic, but there is a requirement that it be included on any list of songs of the past 50 years.
- Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones.
Mick went to the London School of Economics. he gets it.
- Revolution, The Beatles:
Cause I love the great guitar intro, and you know, its the Beatles.
- Volunteers, Jefferson Airplane:
For Grace Slick, I "got a revolution".
- War, Edwin Starr:
Be it trade war, currency war, or fighting war, do I even have to ask, what is it good for?
- Holiday, Green Day:
When Billie Joe Armstrong wrote "Sieg heil to the president gasman" in 2005 was he looking at the future through a crystal ball?
- Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who.
The greatest album, the greatest song, the greatest scream. But this time around, the new boss just ain't the same as the old boss.
It's not an all inclusive list, feel free to add your own thoughts. Or better yet, write the new song of sanity. Maybe people will be singing it 200 years from now!
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