For the American political right of the post-war era, folk music more than rock ‘n’ roll was regarded as a national threat – but not because of the songs’ lyrics.
The 2022 Newport Folk Festival was one for the books. Appearances from two legendary American musicians (Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell) left people weeping in joy.
Step back 10 years when we presented our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.
John McCutcheon's 40th record celebrates the depth of Pete Seeger's influence by embracing the breadth of the music he inspired.
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.