Episode 987: Political Songs




November 13, 2020


  • Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” Bonneville Dam & Other Columbia River Songs (Verve Folkways) 1966
  • Bob Dylan “Masters of War” The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Columbia) 1963
  • The Clash “The Guns of Brixton” London Calling (CBS) 1979
  • John Cougar Mellencamp “Rain On The Scarecrow” Scarecrow (Riva) 1985
  • Patti Smith “People Have The Power” Dream Of Life (Arista) 1988
  • Rage Against The Machine “Killing In The Name” Rage Against The Machine (Epic) 1992
  • Minutemen “Joe McCarthy’s Ghost” Paranoid Time (SST Records) 1980


Politics shape so much of the music and we know and love today. With the 2020 election now a distant memory, Listeners Mike Snider and Phil Ingrassia join the show to examine music shaped by the political atmosphere.

Where credit is due: Thumbnail image of Woody Guthrie’s guitar courtesy of New York World-Telegram & Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection / Library of Congress (public domain).

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