This volume of essays brings together some of the best writing on music and protest from the last thirty years. Encompassing a variety of genres, from classical to many different kinds of popular music, the collection selects articles on a broad range of topics - including revolutions and uprisings, environmentalism, class, identity, struggles for self-determination as well as rights and the historical legacy of protest music - and from at least fifteen different countries, confirming the contention that music is one of the primary languages of protest. Written by leading researchers and educators from different countries and cultures, this volume, which documents the importance of music and protest, is an indispensable collection for those working in the fields of music, cultural studies, politics, history, anthropology and area studies.
Contents: Introduction; Part I The Social Discourses of Music: La gaita zuliana: music and the politics of protest in Venezuela, Light Carruyo; Feed the world, free the world..., Robin Denselow; 'Scream against the sky': Japanese avant-garde music in the 60s, Yayoi Uno Everett; Central American revolutionary music, Fred Judson; Ska and the roots of Rastafarian musical protest, Stephen A. King; Playing at poverty: the music hall and the staging of the working class, Ian Peddie. Part II Resistance, Struggle and Conflict: Irony, deception, and political culture in the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, Jennifer Gerstel; Iran: 'like a flower growing in the middle of the desert', Mark LeVine; Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav encounters with popular music and human rights, Rajko MurÅ¡ic; Shooting and crying: the emergence of protest in Israeli popular music, Scott Streiner; Moving in decency: the music and radical politics of Cornelius Cardew, Timothy D. Taylor. Part III The Politics Within: The language of the young people: rap, urban culture and protest in Tanzania, José Arturo Saavedra Casco; 'Rocking the boat' in South Africa? VoÃ«lvry music and Afrikaans anti-apartheid social protest in the 1980s, Albert Grundlingh; MÃ¼hsam, Brecht, Eisler, and the 20th-century revolutionary heritage, David Robb; Fascist music from the West: anti-rock campaigns, problems of national identity, and human rights in the 'closed city' of Soviet Ukraine, 1975-84, Sergei I. Zhuk. Part IV Local Struggles, Global Impacts: The vision of possibility: popular music, women and human rights, Sheila Whiteley; Rap in Indonesian youth music of the 1990s: 'globalization', 'outlaw genres' and social protest, Michael Bodden; The bitter wounding: the lament as social protest in rural Greece, Anna Caraveli; Treaty now: popular music and the indigenous struggle for justice in contemporary Australia, Aaron Corn; 'My dirty stream': Pete Seeger, American folk music, and environmental protest, David Ingram; Hybridity, A
Ian Peddie has taught at Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Sydney, and West Texas A&M University. His books include The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest (Ashgate, 2006) and a study of class in American literature. He has published widely on twentieth-century British and American culture. More recently he edited and contributed to the volumes Popular Music and Human Rights, Volume I: British and American Music and Popular Music and Human Rights, Volume II: World Music (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).