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Today on Your Call: What's the power of political protest music?


On today's Your Call we’ll talk about the legacy of political protest through music and where it’s alive today. The annual Hardly Strictly bluegrass music festival comes to San Francisco this weekend and some of the musicians showcased there, like Billy Bragg, are known for their political approach to song-writing.  So what do you think is the power of political protest through music?  And what are your favorite examples?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and You.


Kevin Vance, announcer/operator on KALW; and host and producer of A Patchwork Quilt on KALW as well

Billy Bragg, UK born singer-songwriter and activist

Erin Potts, executive director of Air Traffic Control

Billy Bragg

KALW: A Patchwork Quilt

ShowBams:10 most important Political Protest Songs of the last 50 years

Music discussed on the program:
1. "I love the life of freedom." -Popular Arabic song in the early 20th century2.  "Traveling Soldier" -Dixie Chicks
3. "I am not at war with anyone." -Luca Bloom
4. "Give Peace a Chance" -John Lennon
5.  Artist Joe Hill
6.  Artist Betsy Rose (betsyrose.org)
7.  "We shall overcome." Joan Baez
8.  Artist Steve Earl
9.  "Make shift patriot" -Sage Francis
10. "Big Yellow Taxi" -Joni Mithchell
11. "We shall overcome." -Bruce Springsteen
12. "Waste Deep in the Big Muddy" -Richard Shendell (originally Pete Seeger)
13. "Living for the city" - Steve Wonder
14. "What's going on." -Marvin Gaye
15. "Open letter to a landlord" -Living Color
16. "Lies" by the Waifs
17. Artist System of a Down
18. Rappers in Greece
19. Rodriquez
20. Bob Marley
21. Weavers
22. "Ain't no reason" Brett Dennan
23. "Same love." Mackelmore
24 "Johnny I hardly knew you" -Irish Song
25. Grace Petri
26. Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
27. "The A team" Ed Sheeran
28. "You are thecrown of creation" Jferrson
29. "Four Dead in Ohio " CSNY
30. "Which side are you on"
31. "Jerusalem" Alpha Blonnie (sp?)
32. Artist Lucky Dubay (sp)
33. Thomas Manfuno (sp) 
34. "Dancing on the ruins of multinational corporations" Kacie Neal