The first artist I would like to write about is Bob Dylan. In 1963, Dylan decided to join the Civil Rights Movement, which he was very close to, alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Protest songs are what helped Bob Dylan establish his singing career. Several Bob Dylan’s songs mainly focused of individuals’ problems and African American stories that focus on their lives before and during the Civil Rights Movement. According to Wikipedia, songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin” became anthems for the United States civil rights and anti-war movements.
Bob Dylan’s song, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”, was released on his 1964 album. The song is about a wealthy rich man who killed Hattie Carroll, an African American domestic worker, who took long to get a drink. The lyrics are a narration on racism in the 1960s. This case was the first case in the state of Maryland where a white man was charged for killing an African American.
Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holiday lived a quite tough childhood. She began singing at Harlem, where she took classes from musician Clarence Holiday. She later decided to obtain the last name Holiday. Billie Holiday was quite familiar with racism as she experienced it for herself. Holiday went on despite mean and racist comments to have a successful career and obtaining a record deal.
In the 1930s, Holiday met Abel Meeropol. Meeropol had written a song that spoke about lynching. The song, which was at first written as a poem, was called “Strange Fruit”. Such lynching events were happening in the South and other places around the United States. Meeropol introduced “Strange Fruit” to Holiday which was a complete success. The song became one of the biggest hits of all time. It created a movement and it contributed to the Civil Rights movement as well. “Strange Fruit” was considered a protest song along with its music. It was a song against racism.
The Almanac Singers was an American based folk music group that specialized in songs supporting anti-racism, anti-war and pro- union ideas. The Almanac Singers turned folk music into protest music. The Almanac Singers was founded by several artists such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, who helped bring new audience to folk music using protest songs. The Almanac Singers strongly believed that songs could help promote worker’s rights, anti-war and anti-racism ideas.
The Almanac Singers were founded in 1940 and continue to be active till 1943. They would perform in worker strikes, protests, and union rallies. They were considered to be political progressive. Both Guthrie and Seeger joined the armed...