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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 2 - Steve Reich to the Sex Pistols

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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Counterbalance No. 133a: Bob Marley and the Wailers' 'Catch a Fire'

Quench me when I'm thirsty. Come on and cool me down, baby, when I'm hot. Your recipe is so tasty, when you show and stir your pot. Cooking up the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time in this week's Counterbalance.

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Counterbalance No. 117: Bob Marley's 'Natty Dread'

You lively up yourself and don't be no drag. You lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag -- the 117th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Bob Marley makes his first Counterbalance appearance with his 1974 breakthrough.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

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Personal Revolution: An Interview with Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley has established himself as a true star outside of the the grand shadow his father's legacy has cast, and now by contributing art to Polio compilations and celebrating the release of his own live disc, Marley sits down to talk to us about the corporatization of music, the connection he feels with all life, and what lies ahead for the reggae icon ...

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Finding Grace in Beautiful Places

I use music as a viable source of empowerment: it is capable of conjuring up words and concepts that are oblique, or pretentious, or all-too-easily invoked, expedient for folks who ardently need a way to articulate the feeling they either can’t quite explain or desperately wish to get in touch with.

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Anthony B: Freedom Fighter

As Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, it could ask no more than to have Anthony B’s release as its soundtrack.

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Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth

Jimmy Cliff's latest is a magnificent return to the roots reggae he first brought to America in the '70s. The result is some of his best work ever.

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Feel, Heartbeat, Feel: An Interview with the Director of 'Marley'

The danger with any work on Bob Marley is that it can so quickly slip into just so much spiritual hoo hah; but in a way, it almost has to, or it’s not giving the story it’s fair due.

Jon Langmead
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Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?

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10 Ft Ganja Plant: Shake Up the Place

Roots-reggae stalwarts dish up an impeccable platter of nostalgia.

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Manu Chao: 5 September 2011 - New York

Labor Day at Terminal 5 with Manu Chao was as stirring as it was sweaty. That is, very.

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Nguyên Lê: Songs of Freedom

Here's a trick: a five-minute "In A Gadda da Vida" that's more self-indulgent than the original!

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Bob Marley: The Untold Story

Bob Marley’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies, among other themes, political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare, and various periods in a mystical wilderness.

Chris Salewicz
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Unity: Bob Marley’s Legacy and the Global Uprising

On the 30th anniversary of his death, has Bob Marley's activist legacy been overshadowed by a manufactured Legend?

Alexander Billet
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"You Can't Blame Those Who Have Tried": An Interview with Cedella Marley

In this revealing and open interview, Cedella Marley discusses her father's legacy, the planned bootleg series ahead, and what's currently missing in the current state of reggae music ...

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Bob Marley and the Wailers: Live Forever

Whether you need to hear Marley's final concert depends on how devoted a disciple you are. He couldn't have sung it any better, though.

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Bob Marley's "Live Forever" Streaming Exclusively on MOG

Bob Marley & The Wailers' last ever concert occurred in Pittsburgh on 23 September 1980 and next week Universal is releasing the deluxe two-CD set documenting the historic show.

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Horace Andy and Alpha: Two Phazed People

With the help of Alpha’s confident, well-crafted beats, Horace Andy proves that he is still in integral part of the music world.

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The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

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The Marleys and Mind Control

The efforts of major corporations to disarm their consumers is a reminder that music used to be judged by how it made the listener feel, not how many times it was downloaded.

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