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Bringing attention to important issues like racism famine political and social abuses, wrongful imprisonment, environmental destruction, brutality, torture, murder…..
Articulating revolutionary spirit , idealistic passionate and intelligently non conformist
The essential diagnostic spirit of protest , funny, angry, docu-dramatic songs that mean something that present arguable truth with a seductive provocative glamour.
A message of resistance with the attitude of revolt being an intrgral reason the music sounds the way it does Rebellion creating originality, momentum and an element of danger… a controversial motivating message.
Songs that essentially protest about mediocrity, oppression, cynicism, boredom, violence, stupidity,intolerance,, the status quo, songs that attack investigate and provoke.
Forging a community of like minded spirits that eagerly respond to brilliantly written songs that edgily reflect potential change and new constantly forming social circumstances.
Songs with antagonistic energy and a politicaly imaginative militant dimension that force people to consider their social and emotional position,
Fighting against injustice and narrow minds without relinquishing a large open minded audience .that don’t want to be troubled by troubling thoughts.
Responding to war, poverty, inequality and corruption. Bringing gripping social awareness into the mainstream.
Connecting street energy and mystical power with a direct oppositional political edge.. Naively Inspired to protest with the romantic belief that Inspirational passionate art can change the world.
Mixing resonant revolutionary social criticism with anarchic dance grooves . confrontational lyrics, vital and unsettling words with the music of the moment. Being both disconcerting and accessible.
Awkward provocative and compelling questions that could actually threaten governments , redirect cultural energy, upset rigid traditions, and prove that music art and passionate faith in the power of the human spirit can inspire a harmonic peaceful world.
(Quotes and paraphrases from Death of the Protest Song written by Paul Morley for PRS Mag Dec09)