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Rewind 003: Protest Songs


Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we look at the use of song as expressions of opposition, and its use to empower others rallying in social activism. Oklahomans have written and played on a variety of protest songs, from opposing nuclear war and the Vietnam War to the abuse of power and politics in general.

Check out the tracklisting below.

The Byrds - Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Union Maid
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree
Sons of the Pioneers - Old Man Atom
Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
Tom Paxton - Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
Brewer & Shipley - Oh Mommy (I Ain’t No Commie)
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
The Flaming Lips - The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

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Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.