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Why aren't there more political protest songs today?

  1. kygirl89 profile image59
    kygirl89posted 5 years ago

    Why aren't there more political protest songs today?

  2. Rosana Modugno profile image85
    Rosana Modugnoposted 5 years ago

    There probably are.  My guess is the media won't allow them to be played.

    1. kygirl89 profile image59
      kygirl89posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it would seem that most of them aren't main stream today.  I've always wanted to write these kinds of songs and it seems that every day I am finding more material to do so.  This kind of music is eye opening and I would love to hear more of it.

  3. xstatic profile image60
    xstaticposted 5 years ago

    Folk music was really big in the 60s and early 70s. We had a draft that was taking young men and running them through the meatgrinder in Vietnam with no declared war and trumped up justification (Gulf of Tonkin  resolution). In 1968 RFK and MLK were assassinated, following the JFK assassination in 1963. It was a time of great turbulence. College students had a big stake in the game: Keep the deferment or get drafted. Protest songs and the people who sang them had a natural market. Today, we have all an volunteer military. Only the people who enlist and their families are paying the price. The rest of us go about our business.
    Maybe there is some protest in the hip hop music world. I don't know it well enough to comment. Music styles have changed and moved on.

    1. kygirl89 profile image59
      kygirl89posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, rap  and hip hop are very different around the world and in many countries, in the Middle East especially, this genre of music is used for protest.  Here though sadly rap and hip hop seen to be only about money.

  4. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Perhaps the music industry has just outgrown this type of folk music that was so popular during the Vietnam era. Record companies have probably realized that no matter the conflict or if we agree with it or not, we are still going to support our soldiers regardless.

    1. kygirl89 profile image59
      kygirl89posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe.  These songs can be about anything to do with politics though.  They don't necessarily have to be about the war.