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Story behind the Protest Song: A Reference Guide to the 50 Songs That Changed the 20th Century Hardcover – October 30, 2008

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"An invaluable resource, this intimately researched series of pop culture essays makes for explosive reading."


"Story Behind the Protest Song covers everything from Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' through Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi' right up to Pulp's 'Common People'. Don't read it too closely though, or you'll become that guy in the pub who thinks he knows everything. And no-one likes that guy."



"Phull (music journalist) has pulled together the stories of 50 protest songs, broadly defined, that changed the 20th century,' and he discusses many other songs as well. Beginning with 'We Shall Overcome,' Joe Hill's 'The Preacher and the Slave' and 'Strange Fruit,' he offers extensive background information on the composers and musicians, discusses the historical context of the song, and analyzes the lyrics. The notes and illustrations of this fascinating study are helpful…Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers."



"This title might serve as a reference book particularly for teens. . ."



"British music journalist Hardeep Phull has created a very readable volume that is part music history and part social history. . . . Phull writes in an engaging style that logically relates world events (particularly U.S. events) to the contemporary popular music that comments on these events, and he discusses how each work came to be written and performed. . . . Well-researched and enjoyable to read, I recommend this book for all libraries."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

"With references in every chapter and a comprehensive index this book is an absolute must for music-loving activists…this guide is truly bible-esque in stature."


Peace News

"Entries are accompanied by further readings and a select discographies as well as a comprehensive resource guide at the end of the book. Enjoyable to read as well as easy to search for reference purposes, this handbook to music's role in American social history is highly recommended."



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Story behind the Protest Song features 50 of the most influential musical protests and statements recorded to date, providing pop-culture viewpoints on some of the most tumultuous times in modern history.

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