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Saturday, April 22 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Protest Music in History

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From the Song of Solomon to Jay-Z’s “Anthem,” short musical narratives have a way of crystallizing and galvanizing change. You can trace their influence in the way single compositions flow across time and space, from antiquity to modernity, from the church to the streets, from the labor movement to the women’s movement. The papers in “Songs of Freedom: Protest Music in History” will provide close listenings, if you will, to tunes that have played key roles in various protest movements. They will be written from the perspectives of journalism, sociology, American studies, artistry, musicology, and fandom, and will cover spirituals, reggae, folk, punk, and rock en Español.

Donna Gaines, “Superflumina Babylonis: The Career of a Song Over Time”
Shana L. Redmond, “Everybody’s Protest Genre”
Solvej Schou, “Killing in the Name: L.A. Chicano 1990s Protest Music at Highland Park’s Centro de Regeneración”
Evelyn McDonnell, “The Rebel Girls: From Joe Hill to Bikini Kill”


Donna Gaines

Donna Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday, and Salon. Her work has been published in underground fanzines, numerous trade and scholarly collections, professional journals and textbooks. Subjects have included music, tattoos, youth, guns, pornography, TV talk shows, suburbia, spirituality, gender culture, technology, and intergenerational love. Gaines has a PhD in Sociology, and a Masters degree in Social Work. An international expert on youth violence and culture, she is the author of Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids, and A Misfit's Manifesto: The Spiritual; Journey of a Rock... Read More →
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Evelyn McDonnell

Twitter | | Evelyn McDonnell has written or coedited six books, from Rock She Wrote: Women Write about Rock, Pop and Rap to Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. A longtime journalist, she has been a pop culture writer at The Miami Herald and a senior editor at The Village Voice. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel... Read More →
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Shana L. Redmond

Twitter | | Shana L. Redmond is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Associate Professor of Musicology in the Herb Alpert School of Music and African American Studies at UCLA. Her current research projects are interested in the science of Black music and the sonic cultures of Afro indebtedness... Read More →
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Solvej Schou

Twitter | | Hollywood born and raised Solvej Schou is a Pasadena, California-based writer, journalist and musician. Solvej’s articles have been published by The Associated Press, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, and other outlets, and she is a former AP staff writer and Entertainment Weekly senior staff writer. Her AP first-person story about auditioning for American Idol was published in Da Capo book Best Music Writing 2008, and she's interviewed artists including Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Karen O, Flea, Tyga, Katy Perry, Chrissie Hynde, and Patti Smith. Solvej has a... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hyatt House 201 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109