-What are the different results you get with an artist using music as the format to express protest, versus a musician who writes protest songs?
-Does lyric and/or music quality really allow a political song to outlive its historical context and social usefulness?
-Has the age of viral videos caused younger music audiences to lose the ability to pick up on more subtle or symbolic political messages in music?
-Does the method by which we receive music and art-or even the ways which we can “own” it-change the way we digest and interact with it not just emotionally, but neurologically?
-And, why is the biggest hit by the Pet Shop Boys (“West End Girls”) probably not a song about love or sex, but actually a call for anti-Thatcher, pro-Socialist class warfare?
Also, click the links below to read the two articles and listen to the embedded songs which are heavily referenced throughout this episode:
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Songs of Freedom — EPISODE SEVEN (59:22, 54.4 MB)