Talkin' about a REVOLUTION

Kolkmeyer, Jack
January 2005
Mothering;Jan/Feb2005, Issue 128, p70
This article reports that two songs that got the author started thinking about the power of peace music. Listening again to both songs recently led the author on a journey back through some of his most vivid memories about peace, love, and protest music, and caused the author to consider who might be the minstrel prophets of present global consternation. Written by the Jewish communist poet Abel Meeropol, whose pen name was Lewis Allan, Strange Fruit is about the lynching of two black men in the American South. Songs of protest, especially about war and the social order, took a more direct point of view, moving from folk songs to dance tunes.


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