Playlist: Keep on Fightin’ the Good Fight

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Good lord, y’all, it’s September. I’m sure many of you have been acutely aware that fall’s been coming, but I went to a college that didn’t even let us move in until after Labor Day, so I’m habitually a bit behind on seasons. Some of my friends have even started classes! I’m here spending another day wondering, like, where did this summer go, man? This was a good summer. Have you had a good summer? Good, good, that’s great to hear.

An astute reader pointed out that this summer marked the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and even though 50 years have passed since that ten-week campaign to register Black voters in Mississippi, we’re still fighting many of the same fights as our 60s counterparts. We’ve got a long way to go.

To remind us of our legacy of resistance and protest, and to inspire us to keep going during difficult times, I’ve put together this playlist of revolution-stirring songs from the 1960s to the present day. If you don’t see your favorite protest anthem on here, please mention it in the comments! (I probably left out your favorite Bob Dylan song. I’m sorry. I love him, I love his wheezy voice, I love Cate Blanchett’s version of him, but this playlist is already over two hours long with only one Bob Dylan song, so I had to make the tough choices.)

Playlist: Keep on Fightin’ the Good Fight


Oh Freedom! – Odetta
Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone
My Country ‘Tis of Thy People You’re Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs
Society’s Child – Janis Ian
People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
We Shall Overcome – Joan Baez
Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon
Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
War – Edwin Starr
The Revolution Will not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley
Fight the Power (Parts 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers
Straight to Hell – The Clash
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
People Have the Power – Patti Smith
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Stop the Violence – Boogie Down Productions
Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Melba Moore
Endangered Species – Dianne Reeves
Changes – 2Pac
Shame on You – Indigo Girls
To the Teeth – Ani DiFranco
Peace Salaam Shalom – Emma’s Revolution
American Idiot – Greenday
Empire – Dar Williams
Let’s Impeach the President – Neil Young
Yell Fire! – Michael Franti & Spearhead
My Favorite Mutiny – The Coup
Standing in the Way of Control – Gossip
When the President Talks to God – Bright Eyes
Paper Planes – MIA
Same Love (Freestyle) – Angel Haze
Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

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Robin doesn't lean in, she spreads out. Her skills include talking up the movie Spice World to strangers. In any situation, she would prefer to get campy. She's a hedonist, lady dandy, and lazy academic. She has a twitter and a tumblr.

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  1. This is great! I have actually been listening to heaps of Vietnam protest music recently while going through my grandmother’s affects – she lived in Detroit at the time and helped smuggle young drafted men to Canada. Half Cherokee, half Scottish and all defiance <3

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