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The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Lives Matter: political protest goes hand in hand with powerful music. The American songbook is rife with political messages, from antiwar rock songs of the 1960s to hip-hop anthems calling for racial equality. In recent years, we've seen political-message songs touching on everything from marriage equality to abortion rights. This 24-song playlist spans causes and decades, and every track has a message and lyrics that we can learn from. If the outcome of this election is inspiring you to take action, allow this playlist to serve as your soundtrack. "Fight the Power," Public Enemy Relevant lyric: "Our freedom of speech is freedom or death / We got to fight the powers that be." "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye Relevant lyric: "You see, war is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate." "Fortunate Son," Creedence Clearwater Revival Relevant lyric: "Some folks are born, »
- Nancy Einhart
“When we take off for Cleveland / and clear the tri-state sprawl / I will find a field and I will take her down / screaming justice for you all.”
As part of the rapidly expanding “30 Days, 50 Songs” campaign (which originally kicked off as the “30 Days, 30 Songs” campaign, so fast is its spread), which has already seen 45 brand new anti-Donald Trump jams from such talents as Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M., Ani Difranco and Jimmy Eat World, comedian and musician Tim Heidecker has unveiled his own new song.
Entitled “Trump’s Pilot,” the folksy, almost Bob Dylan-esque song is strummed from the perspective of the presidential hopeful’s own pilot, who croons about his day-to-day life before revealing his plan to purposely crash the plane en route from rally to rally.
Of his song, »
- Kate Erbland
As the star of ABC’s ’90s-set family comedy “Fresh off the Boat,” Constance Wu has emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed leading ladies on TV. The show’s third season launches this week, with an episode filmed partly on location in Taiwan.
How does it feel to be heading into season three?
When you start out as an actor, you try to establish a history for your character so all your choices have some roots. Now, not only do I have the history I created with my imagination, but I also have the history of playing her. It feels a little bit more intuitive for me. The toughest part for me doing a show, having never done even a pilot before is navigating the endurance that is required to do 22 episodes and take care of yourself in a physical and mental health type way. That’s a negotiation that I think only happens with »
- Geoff Berkshire
“Everybody can make a record. Nobody can make a living. Is there a problem with that?”
The Shopkeeper: A Documentary About Mark Hallman And The Congress House screens at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood) September 16th though the 18th. The film starts each night at 7:30pm. Director Rain Perry and subject Mark Hallman will be in attendance on Saturday, 9/17.
Everybody is talking about Spotify and the pros and cons of “free.” Musician and first-time filmmaker Rain Perry confronts a big issue by telling a small story – of the longest continuously operating recording studio in Austin, Texas, and the shopkeeper who runs it, Mark Hallman. After recording Carole King, Ani Difranco and many great Austin artists, Mark is struggling to keep the »
- Tom Stockman
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