We All Want to Change the World: Rock and Politics from Elvis to Eminem

We All Want to Change the World: Rock and Politics from Elvis to Eminem

by Tom Waldman

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We All Want to Change the World provides a cogent and fascinating evaluation of post-World War II American commercial music and its complex, multi-faceted impact on the world of politics. Tom Waldman offers articulate and compulsively readable insights into such issues as: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's fiercely political period and its decidedly mixed effect on both of their careers and the causes they championed; the violence that erupted over the Sex Pistols' performance of "God Save the Queen" at Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee; Ronald Reagan's misinterpretation of "Born in the USA"; popular song and feminism and gender issues in the political sphere; the recent trend of rock tunes being reworked as campaign songs, such as Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," and Sam and Dave's "Dole Man"; and much more. There is also extensive commentary on the events of September 11th, when many of the biggest names in the history of rock music took part in two benefits to raise money for the victims' families and to lift the spirits of the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461625797
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tom Waldman is the author of The Best Guide to American Politics and co-author of Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock 'n' Roll from Southern California. He lives in West Hills, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: So Happy Togetherxi
1R-O-C-K in the U.S.A.1
2Rubber Souls17
3Connection: A Personal Story35
4Something New47
5Come Softly to Me93
7Let's Live for Today149
8Signs of the Times169
9Everybody Is a Star191
10Fight the Power231
11Public Enemy?253
12They Dig Rock and Roll Music275
Epilogue: Freedom295

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