Book Series Music, Criticism & Politics, vol. 1

Protest Music in the Twentieth Century

Roberto Illiano (ed)

  • Pages: 418 p.
  • Size:210 x 270 mm
  • Illustrations:42 b/w
  • Language(s):English, Italian, Spanish
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56628-3
  • Hardback
  • Available

This book explores protest music and ‘dissident’ composers and musicians during the twentieth century.



Roberto Illiano is General Secretary of the Centro Studi Opera omnia Luigi Boccherini-Onlus (Lucca) and President of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works. He collaborated with the Stichting-Fondazione Pietro Antonio Locatelli of Amsterdam-Cremona since 1999. General Editor of the series ‘Speculum Musicae’ and ‘Mise en scène’ (Brepols Publishers), he is a member of the advisory board of the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works (Secretary Treasurer).


The subject of this book is protest music and ‘dissident’ composers and musicians during the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the forms with which dissent may be expressed in music and the ways composers and performers have adopted stances on political and social dissent. In the present volume, twenty-one articles by scholars of different nationalities explore not only the way in which protest music is articulated in artistic-cultural discourse and the political matter, but also the role it played in situations of mutual benefit. Moreover, the phenomenon of dissent has been investigated within the contexts of musical historiography and criticism, approaching the topic from historical, sociological and philosophical points.



Part I: Protest Music and Politics

Roger W. H. Savage — Irish Traditional Music, Nationalist Politics, and the Struggle for Recognition
James Garratt  — Right-Extremist Protest Music and the Idea of Metapolitical Activism
Joe Stroud  — An Evolution of Protest: Genre and Extreme-Right Music
James O’Leary  — «If This Isn’t Love, It’s Red Propaganda»
Christine Dysers  — Exposing Demagoguery: The Use of Mass-Communication as Anti-Totalitarian Protest in Mauricio Kagel’s Der Tribun (1979)
Russ Manitt  — Kurt Weill’s and Georg Kaiser’s Der Silbersee. Ein Wintermärchen: A Tall Tale of Protest
Kara Stewart Meredith  — Jazz as Rebellion: Jewish Musical Protest Surrounding World War II
Andrew S. Kohler  — The Corruption of the Homeland: Carl Orff’s Repudiation of Friedrich Hebbel in Die Bernauerin
Germán Gan Quesada  — Visionary Lines, avant-garde Sounds: Francisco de Goya as an Aesthetic and Ideological Reference-Point in Spanish Contemporary Music

Part II: Social and Protest Songs

David Thurmaier & John Cox  — «You Say You Want a Revolution?»: A New Analysis of John Lennon’s Political Music
Stefano Gavagnin  — Cercando la nostra musica. Note sulla appropriazione della Nueva Canción Chilena nell’Italia degli anni ’80
Santiago Niño Morales  — Protest Songs and Record Labels: Political Opposition and the Music Industry in Latin-America
Marita Fornaro Bordolli  — Communities, Territories and Genres on the Uruguayan ‘Resistance Music’, 1962-2011
Mara Favoretto  — Charly García: el ‘Lewis Carroll’ del rock and roll argentino
Jessica Winterson  — Niggaz Wit’ Attitude (N.W.A), Fuck tha Police and the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion
Marie Bennett  — ‘People Getting Angry’: The Specials’ Ghost Town (1981) as Political Discourse
Giuseppe Sergi  — Morphology of the Protest in the Music of Area
Henrik Marstal  — Taking Which Power Back? Overpowerments of Rage Against the Machine
Upa Mesbahian  — From Romance to Protest: The Folklorisation of an Armenian Song in Iran
Tatevik Shakhkulyan  — Antoonee in Armenian Ethnic Music

Index of Names