Roses and Rifles: 60's and 70's Protest Songs

Artist Song Buy
Jimi Hendrix  The Star Spangled Banner  buy on itunes
MC5  Ramblin' Rose  buy on itunes
The Animals  We Gotta Get Out of This Place  buy on itunes
Ten Years After  I'd Love to Change the World  buy on itunes
The Beatles  Revolution 1  buy on itunes
Donovan  Universal Soldier  buy on itunes
Thunderclap Newman  Something in the Air  buy on itunes
The Kingston Trio  Blowin' in the Wind  buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  The Times They Are-A Changin'  buy on itunes
Buffalo Springfield  For What It's Worth  buy on itunes
Country Joe & the Fish  Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag  buy on itunes
Five Man Electrical Band  Signs  buy on itunes
CCR  Fortunate Son  buy on itunes
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  Ohio  buy on itunes
Quicksilver Messenger Service  Pride of Man  buy on itunes
The Rascals  People Got to Be Free  buy on itunes
The Temptations  Ball of Confusion  buy on itunes
Marvin Gaye  What's Going On  buy on itunes
The Turtles   Eve of Destruction  buy on itunes
Eric Burdon & the Animals  Sky Pilot  buy on itunes
The Association  Requiem for the Masses  buy on itunes

Comment:

This is really basic when it comes to Vietnam protest songs and stuff like that, I guess. It's not all about Vietnam tho...concerns other social issues of the time as well. Ramblin' Rose isn't exactly a "protest" song, but their whole style was protest, and the speech at the beginning is pretty awesome. And I had to throw Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" on here too. Nothing really out of the ordinary on here, but I'm already working to find some new songs from the same era. Suggestions are always good...but don't say "War!" by Edwin Starr. That's about as obvious as "For What It's Worth" and "Fortunate Son"...except it's not a good song. Besides, aren't we coming up to our one year anniversary in Iraq? War protest is much needed! John Kerry/John Edwards 2004!

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Pop Kulcher
Date: 2/19/2004
Great mix. I suppose if one wanted some slightly more obscure songs from the same era, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's "In The Arena" or "Suppose They Give A War..." would be fun choices, but that band's a guilty pleasure of mine. Cross the ocean, you could pick up the Kinks' "Some Mother's Son" or Pink Floyd's "Corporal Clegg."
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Allie Allie
Date: 2/20/2004
This looks really amazing. I'm going to have to check into some of the songs i haven't heard before. I have a similar mix but not as much though went into it because it was a rush to get to a protest in Boston last year... anyway, i love it (and edwards/kerry)
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hemizen
Date: 2/20/2004
I love this mix and this type of mix. Graham Nash's Military Madness and Chicago's Dialogue pt I&II are always at the top of my mind when doing this type of mix. peace love and happiness....
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McDonald12
Date: 2/20/2004
quite superb
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Sean Lally
Date: 2/20/2004
I really like this, and completely appreciate the sentiment. Every time I think honest brilliant protest music, I always think of the great Phil Ochs first. But that's just me.
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Some Other Guy
Date: 2/20/2004
I love almost every song on here. We have to set up a trade somtime soon. Great job once again man. PS: Go John Edwards!! =)
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Herb Allzen
Date: 2/20/2004
My gosh, it seems like a lot of you are *stuck*, like John Kerry, in a mental Vietnam rut. It's time to move on, little children, it's time to move on. :)
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Herb Allzen
Date: 2/20/2004
Great mix however.
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Mo Twang!
Date: 2/20/2004
Terrific choices!
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chapbell
Date: 2/20/2004
In the words of those great 60s/70s icons, the Hee-Haw gang:
Sal-LUTE!
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Saaf
Date: 2/20/2004
Congrats on MOTW. This makes me reflect on the lack of musical dissent during our current Viet Nam. All we get are Barry Sadler's progeny.
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valis
Date: 2/20/2004
Congratulations! I too appreciate the sentiment and the mix caused by it..., popkulcher listed some excellent alternate stand-ins to stand up and be heard! Again, congratulations....
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greaseball1
Date: 2/21/2004
Nice one, congratulations. I love Fortunate Son, no matter how many times I hear it, it's great. I love the footage of CCR playing it on Ed Sullivan.
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greaseball1
Date: 2/21/2004
Barry Sadler...I just read Lenny's comment...I picked up his album a while ago at a thrift store....frightening.
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Geoffrey Holland
Date: 2/21/2004
Nice idea...there's an excellent new comp out on Kent called "A Soldier's Sad Story - Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1966-1973". Really good stuff as well.
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jaimoe0
Date: 2/21/2004
Congrats. Great mix. Band of Gypsys doing "Machine Gun" might be nice on the next edition.
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Thomas_Mohr
Date: 2/21/2004
I'm not sure if "War" is much worse than, say, Donovan's truly dreadful "Universal Soldier" or "Blowin' in he Wind" which has been plaed to death by just about every 13-year-old who can hold a guitar, but who cares. Great mix, an congrats on MotW, Worthy Successor. ;)
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SMoss
Date: 2/21/2004
Excellent, excellent! Don't forget Lee Michaels' The War.
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joey de vivre
Date: 2/21/2004
Fine sentiments & a fine time-machine - - it does make me wonder if anyone will come up with a NEW protest anthem
in time for the upcoming global March 20th demonstrations -
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les_autres
Date: 2/21/2004
Congratualtions! A fine idea, very well executed. (I do agree that Dylan's "Times" is a bit played out --- "Master Of War," perhaps?)
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Depp
Date: 2/21/2004
MC5: The cornerstone of revolution.
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gobi
Date: 2/21/2004
Excellent, volume 2 might include Bill Hicks, 'the war' - 10 years old now but still as relevant, I would suggest.
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French Connection
Date: 2/21/2004
A worthy MOTW. Zion Train-'Why Should We Have To Fight' and Tribulation All Stars - 'War Zone' set me off thinking that a reggae mix of protest/anti war songs is worth cosidering!
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G-Sphere
Date: 2/22/2004
Congratulations. A nice mix of the time.
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 2/22/2004
Very nice!
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EL DAVO
Date: 2/23/2004
Long-haired freaky people need not apply!...great mix!
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Sean Lally
Date: 2/23/2004
Thomas Mohr dissing Donovan........ shame, shame, shame.....
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Josh Davis
Date: 2/23/2004
hell yeah!!!!!!!!
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Pat McGoohan
Date: 2/23/2004
Top shelf mix. And I have to thank my lucky stars, as my term paper is on the death of the protest song, and I had sort of a writer's block. But your mix has refreshed me. Thanks. God that sounded queer...
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A.D. 69
Date: 2/23/2004
Hey guys, I really appreciate all the comments. I'd be happy to trade if anyone wants to, also. I will take all of your suggestions into account, gonna need them for a new one of these. Thanks again!
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crownguy
Date: 2/23/2004
Don't forget REO Speedwagon's 'Golden Country'.

Great Mix.
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crownguy
Date: 2/23/2004
oh yeah and Graham Nash's 'Chicago', another great protest song from that era.
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druMMMer
Date: 2/24/2004
Great mix. You might consider adding Bob Marley somewhere in there; writing in a different genre and country, many forget that his songs concern the same issues as American songwriters of the time.
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FoolThemAll
Date: 2/24/2004
I have to second the recommendation of some Phil Ochs, but this looks like a very nice and well thought out mix nonetheless.
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Dru
Date: 2/25/2004
Thunderclap Newman + CCR- nice. I don't care if it's obvious, it's still good music. Ooh, the Animals too- kudos. GB Jr. in 2K4. Out.
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The Misfit
Date: 2/26/2004
What everybody else said - great stuff!
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mckbrd
Date: 3/10/2004
I don't think you can ever get tired of songs like this, especially with the powers that be doing what they do best, picking on people who can't do the same thing back. Oh, nice mix BTW!
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Chiken Joe
Date: 10/25/2007
wow i guess no one comes here anymore... the only reason i can think of hendrix's star spangled banner as a protest is because it is all outa wack similar to america in the 60's and 70's. i def think that Revolution should be number one cause that is above all the best song.
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gilliansl
Date: 5/17/2008
Other songs you might not realize were protest songs:
Tommy James and the Shondells - Sweet Cherry Wine, The Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn, CCR - Long As I Can See The Light,
Five Man Electrical Band - Sign, Sign, Janis Ian - Society's Child... Of course you have the very obvious ones; Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jonie Mitchell, Animals, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, and SO many more.
I've read comments from people complaining that some lyrics were insulting, etc... but if you didn't live through the 60's, you don't really understand the mentality, the way we were all raised,what we were taught... that makes it almost impossible to understand what was truly happening. I lost so many friends in Nam, very few days went by that you didn't hear some girl in school crying,screaming because she learned a loved one had died. Black arm bands as a silent protest were outlawed at school, so the ENTIRE school poured into the halls and we had a day long sit-in.
For me, the entirety of the 60's is summed up in Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth.
GSL

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