I was a teenager in the 60’s – impressionable, rebellious, principled, anti-war, anti-big-government, pro peace, pro freedom, pro equality, a believer in doing what you think is right and a big believer that you are responsible for your own destiny and for your own happiness.
In 2020 – amidst this toxic environment of political ineptitude, rampant nationalism, violence and racism – I remain pretty much of the same mind -although not so impressionable!!
Music and poetry have been a big part of my life – with language being a lifelong passion. Revolution begins with language – and here are 20 songs that meant a lot to me in the 60’s – and still do today – songs of protest, of anger, of fight, of oppression, of inequality, of rage, and yes – of love, hope and optimism.
A reminder that we should all Stand Up and Fight.
A Playlist of Protest:
The Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire
It’s Good News Week Hedgehoppers Anonymous
Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell
Little Boxes Pete Seeger
We Shall Overcome Joan Baez
Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll Bob Dylan
I Ain’t Marching Anymore Phil Ochs
Fortunate Son C.C.R.
The Times They Are A-Changin’ Bob Dylan
Universal Soldier Buffy Sainte-Marie
Only A Pawn In Their Game Bob Dylan
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone
Give Peace A Chance John Lennon
Freedom Richie Havens
Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone
For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield
Respect Aretha Franklin
… and one from The Boss in 2001 – America Skin
Let Freedom Ring!