Book Review: Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice and the Will to Change

Music is Power documents the history of protest songs about war, racism, sexism, ecological destruction and more. Author Schreiber takes a wide lens to the protest song, examining the ways different artists approach the style. The book goes over artists and songs you'd expect to find on any protest list, such as the Dead Kennedys, Bob Dylan and Gil Scott-Heron, while also re-examining classic bands and artists like James Brown and Black Sabbath and their ability to transcend the limitations of the music industry to deliver powerful political messages.

By Brad Schreiber

(hardcover) $29.95