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    The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

    The Times They Are a-Changin’ is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. Ever since its release, the song has been influential to people’s views on society, with critics noting the general yet universal lyrics which...
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    New Year’s Day – U2

    New Year’s Day is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is included in their 1983 album War and it was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983. Notably, this was U2’s first UK Top 10, their first single to chart in America and the first U2 video...
  • Music in Exile

    “I am sorry if you don’t understand what we are saying in our songs, I will try and explain”, said Aliou Tourè, lead singer of Malian band Songhoy Blues, mid-concert in Sala Bikini in Barcelona, less than a month ago.  The atmosphere in the room was festive, every person in...
  • Tracy Chapman – Behind the Wall

    In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, recurring tomorrow, 25th November, WiB looks at Tracy Chapman’s “Behind the Wall”, a song dedicated to the victims of one of the most common forms of gender-based violence: domestic abuse. Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter,...
  • Bob Marley, Dublin Ireland Concert 6th, July 1980, Dalymount Park / CC BY 2.0 / Source: Flickr/monosnaps

    One Love – Bob Marley

    One Love is a reggae song by Bob Marley & The Wailers from their 1977 album Exodus. It was first recorded in a “ska style” by Marley’s original group, The Wailers in 1965 and was released as a single. In 1977, Bob Marley & the Wailers released the updated version on the Exodus album which became the definitive rendition and...
  • Tom Lehrer – Pollution

    Seldom do the circumstances require and endorse the use of the adverb “seldom”, furthermore repeatedly, and even more seldom do the circumstances require and endorse the use of the noun “glee”, furthermore appealing to its original definition, namely a seldom felt emotional state of unconditional delight, happiness, exultation, jubilance....
  • I was born in Palestine – Emel Mathlouthi

    “Emel Mathlouthi’s voice feels as if a bird’s heart was set on fire by the deepest point of the ocean, a fire that none can extinguish except the highest point of the sky. But the bird does not want its heart to stop burning, so the wind can keep...
  • Radiohead 2008 Barcelona, Catalonia Daydream Festival

    Idioteque – Radiohead

    Idioteque is a song by English rock band Radiohead, featured as the eighth trachk from their 2000 album Kid A. Although never released as a single as with all other songs on the album, it has since become one of the band’s most famous and popular songs amongst critics and...
  • Robert Wyatt – Lullaby for Hamza

    According to Shakespeare’s King Lear, “when we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools”. After coming into this world on the 17th of January 1991, amidst the start of the bombardment of Iraq during the Gulf war, Hamza al-Ghanem cried relentlessly for...
  • Mother Nature’s Son – The Beatles

    “If a man is able to submit himself to nature, then nature will react to his needs. Almighty nature is all powerful and all loving, for the laws of nature are for the creation and evolution of all beings and creatures throughout the cosmos. There is no greater kindness...
  • Prisoner for an idea

    ‘Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) an opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence’. (Amnesty International founder Peter Berenson coining and defining the expression ‘Prisoners of Conscience” in a...
  • Yama Lasmar Dooni – Asma Othmani

    Asma Othmani, a Tunisian singer, took an old traditional Tunisian song of the Mizwad genre called “Yama Lasmar Douni” (“Oh brown is bad”) and made a new interpretation of it adding a piece of spoken word called “Tounes Alwen” (“Tunis of Colors”) written by Jihed Cherni,...
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    Phil Ochs – Iron Lady

    Phil Ochs was an American topical folk singer-songwriter, most active, politically and artistically, in the 1960’s counterculture era. His strenuous advocacy of peace, freedom, equality, social fairness, human rights and human dignity inspired nearly all of his music, and that very same music, in turn, inspired or gave voice...
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    Society

    Music from the Motion Picture: Into the Wild, is the debut solo studio album by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, and is based on his contributions to the soundtrack for the 2007 film Into the Wild. This was inspired by the real story of graduate Christopher McCandless, who, in 1990 at...
  • Korea Blues- J.B. Lenoir

    J.B Lenoir was one of the protagonists of the Chicago blues scene of the 50s and 60s. His zebra patterned suit, and high-pitched voice could be recognised for miles. Born in Tilton, Mississippi, Lenoir started playing when he was “awful young” as he said in an interview with filmmaker Steve...
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