“When pop music meets politics, the results are often thrilling, sometimes life-changing and never simple,” writes Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian. His book, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, tracks “33 songs that span seven decades and four continents.”

Lynskey begins with Billy Holiday (Strange Fruit, 1939) and ends with Green Day (American Idiot, 2008). Although he features 33 songs, in the appendix he recommends an additional 100 protest songs. You can see the list of 33 (table of contents) and 100 (appendix) at 33 Revolutions per Minute on Amazon.

Here are some of my favorites from his lists (a clue to my age) and and a few that he ignored. What are your favorite protest songs (whether or not they are featured in the book)?

From The 33

This Land Is Your Land – Woodie Guthrie – 1944

Give Peace A Chance – Plastic Ono Band (John Lennon) – 1969

Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – 1970

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott Heron – 1970

From the Appendix

Edited – changed some embeds to links to facilitate page download

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell – 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIytTS1FXUc

Walk A Mile In My Shoes – Joe South – 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoznjbKVnmw

Sam Stone – John Prine – 1971

youtube.com/watch?v=Sl9ZkYViEIs

Hercules – Aaron Neville – 1973

youtube.com/watch?v=DuPBYkfjWRc

Lives In the Balance – Jackson Browne – 1986

youtube.com/watch?v=jFowNFvmUxw

The End Of The Innocence – Don Henley – 1989

Not Listed

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (Clancy Brothers) Early 19th century Irish anti-war song

youtube.com/watch?v=EcJR9y4bLHA

Ain’t Gonna Study War No More (Lead Belly) Traditional gospel song first published in 1927

[youtube.com/watch?v=4EIzKAGwJ-0

When The Levee Breaks – Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie – 1929

youtube.com/watch?v=i6C_5wxkuAQ

One Tin Soldier – Original Caste – 1969

youtube.com/watch?v=cTBx-hHf4BE

One Tin Soldier – Jinx Dawson (Coven) – 1971/1973

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qswm7lHp7oY

Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks – 2003

Deja Vu All Over Again – John Fogerty – 2004

tube.com/watch?v=wkazf7znllQ

Let’s Impeach the President – Neil Young – 2006

Living With War – Neil Young – 2006

Dear Mr President – Pink – 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eRApNHSRRk

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