“It [Folk Music] was music that come from the heart and spoke to the heart. Rather than a song written to sell records, folk music was seen as music that reflected the real-life experiences of real people, singing about things that mattered. Ballads told stories of people’s lives, work songs set the rhythm of toil, spirituals voiced sorrow and hope, and reels offered a respite from the toil”

from Reds, Whites, and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and Race in the United States

Music From The Heart

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“Redemption Song” – Bob Marley

Considered a prophet of his generation, Bob Marley expressed the need for liberation from physical and mental confinement. The lyrical masterpiece of “Redemption Song” speaks to the lost people of a lost generation.

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“Changes” – Tupac Shakur

Released posthumously, Tupac Shakur’s 1998 hit “Changes” is an example of rap music’s powerful imagery pre-commercialization of the genre. A west coast rapper, Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996. Many consider Tupac and his rap rival Notorious B.I.G. who was also shot and killed less than a year later, martyrs for the cause. In “Changes,” Tupac raps about black subjectivity and experience and questions the possibility of change

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“Lady Power”

Check out Tufts Professor Nancy Bauer’s opinion on Lady Gaga in this New York Time’s post from 2010…

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“How Social Media Has Helped Activism”

“How Social Media Has Helped Activism”

A brief article by Ed Carrasco regarding the relationship between new media and social activism… check it out

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“Imagine” – John Lennon

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My project advisor shared this article with me during our last meeting. Analyzing John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” author Ze’ev Maghan discusses the world’s driving force: love. What do Lennon’s words mean to you?

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A Quick Guide to Green Touring

A Quick Guide to Green Touring

Guide to Green Touring by UGO. Learn about the green touring movement, concerts, and people that make a difference.

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2011 Responsible Activism in Media & Entertainment Award – Dave Matthews

The 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards were presented on September 24, 2011. This year’s winner for Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment was Dave Matthews. This award pays tribute to outstanding individuals who leverage their celebrity to advocate for sustainability, conservation and humanity in the spirit of Dr. Jane Goodall and her remarkable work.

“They are more than just incantations of clever phrases designed to invigorate a campaign; they are as old as the history of the Negro in America. They are adaptations of songs the slaves sang—the sorrow songs, the shouts for joy, the battle hymns, and the anthems of our movement. I have heard people talk of their beat and rhythm, but we in the movement are as inspired by their words. “Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom” is a sentence that needs no music to make its point. We sing the freedom songs for the same reason the slaves sang them, because we too are in bondage and the songs add hope to our determination that “We shall overcome, Black and white together, We shall overcome someday.” These songs bound us together, gave us courage together, helped us march together.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom Songs

The Politics of Aid and Celebrities’ Mass Activism

What are your thoughts on Live Aid? Check out this New York Times Article: “The Politics of Aid and Celebrities’ Mass Activism