There’s a post over at the Great Orange Satan about the history of anti-police brutality songs. Really excellent stuff, and there are a couple that I didn’t know. In particular, Lauryn Hill’s re-construction of “my Favorite Things” into “Black Rage” is sublime.
But mainly, i am an oldish white rocker/punkerr and Tom Morello speaks to me:
Hopefully, that will also annoy Plummet. 😀
But hey, why is all the recent political songwogrk by rappers? White indie rockers have no cred, or had shoe gaze made everything by rock bands into mopey crap? I mean, Living Color used to do some fine political songs….
OK, I think I know the answer, of course. Political songs during the 60’s, 70’s, and even into the 80’s had to do with white folks being beaten and suffering under harsh economic policies. The rise of hip-hop allowed for black voices to be heard, and the long-standing abuse that they’ve had to endure was allowed another venue of expression. By Romero, sometimes I think the worst virus visited on this benighted planet has been goddam white folks…