A Soundtrack to the New America
Today I, like many people around the country, am still processing what happened last night and the repercussions it will have in the days to come. But as I sit here in this state of shock and denial, I think back to other times of crises in our country and how we dealt with them. History has proven time and time again, that art is the greatest mechanism for social acceptance and change. From The Beatles entry into the political counterculture of the 1960s, to the post-9/11 cross-genre solidarity that spanned rap, country, etc., music has been a voice in the darkest of times.
So as we are forced to open our eyes to this new, potentially dangerous reality, here are a few of the greatest politically-charged albums of all time. So sit back, grab some lyrical propaganda, and try to forget for a bit (and maybe dream of revolution).
American Idiot by Green Day
Any list about politically-influenced music isn’t complete or accurate
To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
Just the name “Rage Against the Machine” is seething with discontentment
Arular by M.I.A.
Every single album released by M.I.A. is not only a pop masterpiece, but a tangible
Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
An incredible punk album that I have written about before, Transgender Dysphoria Blues tells the tale of what it is like to be trans in America,