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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Oh Lord, don't let them drop that atomic bomb on me. At least not until we've had a chance to talk about a 1962 masterpiece by composer Charles Mingus. Counterbalance delivers the jazz this week.
This set, issued originally in 1955, may not be one of Mingus's classics. It just misses that rarified air, but it's an important foundation for other, better regarded records from later in his career.