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Political Music Newpaper Articles

Below are articles from The New York Times (unless otherwise stated).

Note: My original organization of these articles was chronological, which is also included further down this page. But the organization by theme shown immediately below is exceptionally helpful, and that was done by Professor William F.S. Miles from the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. I am grateful to Professor Miles and others who send me articles to include on this list that I would otherwise miss.

Electoral Music

  • "Jay Z to headline concert for Hillary Clinton," by Dan Merica, CNN 24 October 2016
  • "Sanders Takes Rapper’s Graphic Remark and Seeks a More Diplomatic Phrasing," by Yamiche Alcindor, 19 February, 2016.
  • "Authoritarian hold music: How Donald Trump’s banal playlist cultivates danger at his rallies," by Chris Richards. 16 March, 2016. (Washington Post)
  • Collection of musicians talking political on CNN during the 2016 U.S. election cycle
  • "G.O.P. Candidates Are Told, Don't Use the Verses, It's Not Your Song," by James McKinley, Fr., Saturday, Feb 4, 2012.
  • "Song Adopted by Cain's Campaign Also Aims to Be a Tea Party Anthem," by Edward Wyatt, 17 October 2011.
  • "Guitars and Amps: Campaign Tools," by Jon Pareles, Wednesday, 13 October 2004, pp. B1&B10(N).
  • "Rock Stars Announce a Swing-State Tour," by Jeff Leeds, Thursday, 5 August 2004, p. A17(N).

Nationalism and Patriotism

  • "Ukraine’s Eurovision Victory Rouses a Chorus of Suspicion in Europe," by Ivan Nechepurenko, 17 May, 2016.
  • "Toby Keith's American Dream," by Lawrence Downes, Editorial Notebook, 9 October 2011.
  • "'Ode to Joy,' Followed by Chaos and Despair," opinion essay by Slavoj Zizek, Monday, 24 December 2007.
  • "Celebrating the USSR in Song, Uncle Joe and All" by Eric Arvedlund, Saturday, May 7, 2005.
  • "Singing the Praises of Mr. Personality [Putin]" by Steven Lee Myers, 1 September 2002, Week in Review section, Sunday, 1 September 2002, p. 10(N)
  • "Finland's Bold Musical Ambitions Produce a Multitude of Maestros," by Warren Hoge, 5 January 2003, p. A4
  • "Pierced Fans, Stiff Cadres and Hip Rock. China' Music Thrives in State-Backed Events," by Andrew Jacobs.
  • "McCartney Finds Fans 'Back in the U.S.S.R.'," by Bill Carter, Thursday, 18 September 2003, pp. B1-7(N).

Protest

  • "Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature," by Ben Sisario, Alexandra Alter, and Sewell Chan, 13 October 2016. See also, "Bob Dylan the Writer: An Authentic American Voice," by Dwight Garner, 13 October 2016.
  • "Gospel Music Secrets, Challenging Black Homophobia," by Samuel Freedman, 1 June 2012.
  • "Letter Emerges in 1914 Case Against Joe Hill," by Steven Greenhouse, 27 August 2011.
  • Rock Stars Won't Play for Putin," by Olga Slobodchikova, 3 October 2012.
  • "The Mixtape of the Revolution," by Sujatha Fernandes, 30 January, 2012.
  • Strasbourg Hosts Musica Liberat Concert Dedicated to Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, 5 Jul 2011, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Communications Center, with video address by Elie Wiesel
  • "Musicians' message: Free Russian political prisoners," By Gidon Kremer, Special to CNN July 5, 2011 7:29 p.m. EDT
  • "Pop Music and the War: The Sound of Resignation," by Jon Pareles, Tuesday, 2 January 2007, pp. B1&B5(N).
  • "Trinh Cong Son, 62: Stirred Vietnam with War Protest Songs," by Seth Mydans, Obituaries section, Thursday, 5 April 2001.
  • "New Songs, Old Message: 'No War'," by Jon Pareles, Sunday, 9 March 2003, Arts & Leisure p. 1(N).
  • "Decades Later, 60's Icons Still Live by Their Message," by James Barron, Sunday, 30 March 2003, p. B15(N).
  • "Furor Over Rapper's Cover-Art Statement," by Neil Strauss, Thursday, 3 April 2003, p. E3(N)
  • "Dylan, Master Poet? Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," by Charles McGrath, Wednesday, 9 June 2004, pp. B1&B5(N).
  • Muse: Close encounter By Jacqui Swift, in The Sun, Published: 23 Jun 2006

Anti-Authoritarianism

  • "Czechs' Velvet Revolution Paved by Plastic People," by Dan Bilefsky, Monday 16 November 2009.
  • "Milan Hlavsa, Rock Star of a Revolution," by Jon Pareles, Monday 8 January, 2001.
  • "Stifled Politically, Burmese Find a Release in Music and Art," March 26, 2010.

General American

  • "President Obama’s Emotional Spotify Playlist is a Hit," by Gardiner Harris, 14 August, 2016.
  • "Senator Blends Music with Public Office," by Nick Corasaniti, 28 July, 2016.

Caribbean

  • "Minnesota Orchestra is in Cuba and Out Front," by Michael Cooper, 15 May, 2015.
  • "Celebrating Bob Marley, Voice of the Dispossessed," by Howard French, 13 May, 1991.
  • "Calypso Diplomacy With a Beat," March 31, 1991
  • "Juane's Plan for Havana Concert Starts Furor," September 19, 2009.
  • "Cuba ‘Peace Concert' Draws Multitudes," September 21, 2009.
  • "From Musical Unity to the Political Kind" (Wyclef Jean), August 6, 2010
  • "Wyclef Jean Confirms Plans to Run for Haitian Presidency," August 4, 2010.

Hispanomerica

  • "Music Meets Chávez Politics, and Critics Frown," by Daniel J. Wakin, 17 February 2012.
  • "In Los Angeles, Mexican Songs Without Borders," by Lawrence Downes, 16 Aug. 2009.
  • "Minstrels in the Court of the Kingpin," by Josh Kun, 7 March 2010 [narcocorridos].
  • "Musicians Gather in Homage to Allende," by Larry Rohter, Monday, 8 September 2003, p. B1&5(N)
  • "Mercedes Sosa, Who Sang of Argentina's Turmoil," by Larry Rohter, 5 October 2009.
  • "Musician [Carlinhos Brown] Changes Tone of Impoverished Village," by Fernanda Santos, 13 October 2009
  • "Young Bolivians [Wayna Rap collective] Adopt Urban U.S. Pose, Hip-Hop and All," by Juan Forero 26 May 2005 [eradication of coca and desperate poverty]
  • "A Salsa Star is Reborn After a Break for Politics," by Larry Rohter, 28 November 2009.

Rap and Hip-Hop

  • "Jay Z to headline concert for Hillary Clinton," by Dan Merica, CNN 24 October 2016
  • "Guarding the Borders of the Hip-Hop Nation," by N.R. Kleinfield, Thursday, 6 July 2000, pp. 1&18-9.  
  • "Hip-Hop Requiem: Tupac Shakur is Mourned, His Legacy Mined," by Neil Strauss, Wednesday, 11 April 2001, The Living Arts section, pp. B1&3(N).
  • "Polish Hip-Hop Rocks the Homies in the Blok," by Peter S. Green, Friday, 5 April 2002, p. A4(N).
  • "To Some Sri Lankan Ears, Dissonant Undertones in an Acclaimed Rapper's Music" [M.I.A.], by Thomas Fuller, February 11, 2009.
  • "Now Hip-Hop, Too, Is Made in China," by Jimmy Wang, Saturday, 23 January 2009, Arts Section.
  • "In Quiet Switzerland, Outspoken Rapper Takes On the Far Right," an article about the rapper Stress attacking the Swiss People's Party, 28 May 2009. (Listed also under Central Europe below.)

South Africa

  • "Song Invoking the Boer War Wakens Afrikaner Pride," 27 February 2007.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • "A Son Returns to the Agony of Somalia," by K'Naan, 25 September, 2011.
  • "In Blunt and Sometimes Crude Rap, A Strong Political Voice Emerges" [Senegal], by Adam Nossiter, 19 September 2011.
  • "Singer Responds to 'Supreme Patriotic Duty' to Enter Senegal's Presidential Race," by Larry Rohter, 4 January, 2012.
  • "Nigeria Echoes to the Beat that Defied Tyrants" [Fela Ahikulapo Kuti and son], by Norimitsu Onishi, 11 September, 2000.
  • "Sonny Okosuns, Musician With Message," by Douglas Martin, June 25, 2008.
  • "African Artists Raise Voices Against Malaria," by Lydia Polgreen, 20 March, 2005.
  • "In Mozambique, Singing a Song of Sanitation and Hoping to Change Habits" [Feliciano Dos Santos - sanitation
  • "To the Beat of a Hit Song, the New Kenya Sends Spirits Off the Charts [GidiGidi and MajiMaji – "unbwogable"]

 

Maghreb and Muslim World

  • "Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran," by Thomas Erdbrink, 24 February, 2015.
  • "Amjad Sabri, famed Sufi singer, gunned down in Pakistan," by Sophia Saifi, CNN, 22 June 2016.
  • "An Embrace of the United States, Spun and Mixed by Iraqis," by Tim Arango and Yasir Ghazi, 13 October 2011.
  • "Satirical Song, A YouTube Hit, Challenges Extremism in Pakistan," by Salman Masood, 7 November 2011.
  • "Now Able to Exhale, Libyan Rappers Find a Voice," by Liam Stack, 11, January 2012.
  • "Rapper Faces Death Threats in Iran over Song," by Thomas Erdbrink, 14 May 2012.
  • "Syrian musician blames security forces for his parents' beating," By Tom Watkins, CNN July 30, 2011
  • "A Slain Berber Singer's Voice Rouses His Hometown," by Michael Slackman, Monday, 10 October 2005, p. A4(N).
  • "Singing of a Beloved Homeland, Fearful of Going Home Again," by Neil Strauss, 30 April 1995.
  • "U.S. Messages to Arab Youth, Wrapped in Song" [Radio Sawa], by Felicity Barringer, Monday, 17 June 2002, p. A8(N).
  • "Cem Karaca, 58, Turkish Singer with Political Messages, Dies," by Sebnem Arsu, 16 February 2004, p. A19(N).
  • "Marzieh, Iranian Singer and Defector," by Margalit Fox.
  • "When Tehran Rocks, Discretion Rules," by Michael Slackman, 15 February 2006.
  • "Music Stirs the Embers of Protest in Iran," by Nazila Fathi, 10 July, 2010.
  • "Christian Rock for Muslims," by Samuel Loewenberg, 10 May, 2005.
  • "U.S. Messages to Arab Youth, Wrapped in Song," by Felicity Barringer, 17 June 2002.

Israel and Palestine

  • "In Israel, Jew and Arab Sing, But Political Chorus Is Heard," by Ethan Bronner, 25 February 2009, p. A5(N).
  • "Israeli Band's Antiwar Song Pushes Pop Contest's Buttons," by Steven Erlanger, 3 March 2007
  • "Musical Show of Unity Upsets Many in Israel," by Ethan Bronner, 25 February 2009.

Central Europe

  • "In Quiet Switzerland, Outspoken Rapper Takes On the Far Right," an article about the rapper Stress attacking the Swiss People's Party, 28 May 2009.

 

Western Europe

  • "Rapper, Shaped by Tumultuous German Youth, Is Designated a Global Terrorist," by Alison Smale, 11 February, 2015.
  • "Ukraine’s Eurovision Victory Rouses a Chorus of Suspicion in Europe," by Ivan Nechepurenko, 17 May, 2016.
  • "From Syrian Rubble to German Concert Halls with a Piano, a Mission and Survivor’s Guilt," by Anne Barnard, 7 August, 2016.
  • "A Rapper and Poet Pushes for a New French Identity of Inclusion," by Scott Sayare, 24 August 2012.
  • "Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail," by David Herszenhorn, 17 August 2012.
  • "Mixed Russian Feelings On Jailed Punk Rock Band, by David Herszenhorn, 3 August 2012.
  • "Anna Marly, 88, Dies; Inspired French Resistance in Song," Obituary by Douglas Martin, Monday, 13 March 2006, p. A19(N).

Asia

  • "Beijing Unsoothed by a Kenny G. Visit," by Dan Levin, 23 October 2014.

Hate Music

  • "The Sound of Hate," by Robert Futrell and Pete Simi, 9 August 2012.
  • "Music Style Is Called Supremacist Recruiting Tool," by James Dao and Serge F. Kovaleski, 8 August 2012. Front page story.
  • "Wisconsin Killer Fed and Was Fueled by Hate-Driven Music," by Erica Goode and Serge F. Kovaleski, 7 August 2012. Front page story.
  • "Songwriter's Racist Songs from 1980's Haunt Him," by Neil Strauss, Monday, 4 September 2000, p. 1E.
  • "Rwandan Musician Sentenced to 15 Years for Role in Genocide," by Marlise Simons, Wednesday, 3 December 2008, p. A8(N).
  • "Killer Songs: Simon Bikindi Stands Accused of Writing Folk Music that Fed the Rwandan Genocide," by Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times Magazine, 17 March 2002, pp. 58-9.
  • "Song's Violent Lyrics and Killing of White Supremacist Deepen South African Rift," by Barry Bearak
  • "A Wartime Star Endures, Singing to a Torn Serbia," by Daniel Simpson, Tuesday, 28 January 2003, p. A4(N).

Peasant and Slave Music

  • "No Language Like Song," by Amanda Brickell Bellows, 16 September 2011, Opinion Section.

 

Chronological Listing of the Above Articles

"Jay Z to headline concert for Hillary Clinton," by Dan Merica, CNN 24 October 2016

"Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature," by Ben Sisario, Alexandra Alter, and Sewell Chan, 13 October 2016. See also, "Bob Dylan the Writer: An Authentic American Voice," by Dwight Garner, 13 October 2016.

"President Obama’s Emotional Spotify Playlist is a Hit," by Gardiner Harris, 14 August, 2016.

"From Syrian Rubble to German Concert Halls with a Piano, a Mission and Survivor’s Guilt," by Anne Barnard, 7 August, 2016.

Collection of musicians talking political on CNN during the 2016 U.S. election cycle

"Senator Blends Music with Public Office," by Nick Corasaniti, 28 July, 2016.

"Amjad Sabri, famed Sufi singer, gunned down in Pakistan," by Sophia Saifi, CNN, 22 June 2016.

"Ukraine’s Eurovision Victory Rouses a Chorus of Suspicion in Europe," by Ivan Nechepurenko, 17 May, 2016.

"Authoritarian hold music: How Donald Trump’s banal playlist cultivates danger at his rallies," by Chris Richards. 16 March, 2016. (Washington Post)

"Minnesota Orchestra is in Cuba and Out Front," by Michael Cooper, 15 May, 2015.

"Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran," by Thomas Erdbrink, 24 February, 2015.

"Sanders Takes Rapper’s Graphic Remark and Seeks a More Diplomatic Phrasing," by Yamiche Alcindor, 19 February, 2016.

"Rapper, Shaped by Tumultuous German Youth, Is Designated a Global Terrorist," by Alison Smale, 11 February, 2015.

"Beijing Unsoothed by a Kenny G. Visit," by Dan Levin, 23 October 2014.

"Rock Stars Won't Play for Putin," by Olga Slobodchikova, 3 October 2012.

"A Rapper and Poet Pushes for a New French Identity of Inclusion," by Scott Sayare, 24 August 2012.

"Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail," by David Herszenhorn, 17 August 2012.

"The Sound of Hate," by Robert Futrell and Pete Simi, 9 August 2012.

"Music Style Is Called Supremacist Recruiting Tool," by James Dao and Serge F. Kovaleski, 8 August 2012. Front page story.

"Wisconsin Killer Fed and Was Fueled by Hate-Driven Music," by Erica Goode and Serge F. Kovaleski, 7 August 2012. Front page story.

"Mixed Russian Feelings On Jailed Punk Rock Band, by David Herszenhorn, 3 August 2012.

"Gospel Music Secrets, Challenging Black Homophobia," by Samuel Freedman, 1 June 2012.

"Rapper Faces Death Threats in Iran over Song," by Thomas Erdbrink, 14 May 2012.

"Music Meets Chávez Politics, and Critics Frown," by Daniel J. Wakin, 17 February 2012.

"G.O.P. Candidates Are Told, Don't Use the Verses, It's Not Your Song," by James McKinley, Fr., Saturday, Feb 4, 2012.

"The Mixtape of the Revolution," by Sujatha Fernandes, 30 January, 2012.

"Now Able to Exhale, Libyan Rappers Find a Voice," by Liam Stack, 11, January 2012.

"Singer Responds to 'Supreme Patriotic Duty' to Enter Senegal's Presidential Race," by Larry Rohter, 4 January, 2012.

"Satirical Song, A YouTube Hit, Challenges Extremism in Pakistan," by Salman Masood, 7 November 2011.

"Song Adopted by Cain's Campaign Also Aims to Be a Tea Party Anthem," by Edward Wyatt, 17 October 2011.

"An Embrace of the United States, Spun and Mixed by Iraqis," by Tim Arango and Yasir Ghazi, 13 October 2011.

"Toby Keith's American Dream," by Lawrence Downes, Editorial Notebook, 9 October 2011.

"A Son Returns to the Agony of Somalia," by K'Naan, 25 September, 2011.

"No Language Like Song," by Amanda Brickell Bellows, 16 September 2011, Opinion Section.

"In Blunt and Sometimes Crude Rap, A Strong Political Voice Emerges" [Senegal], by Adam Nossiter, 19 September 2011.

"Letter Emerges in 1914 Case Against Joe Hill," by Steven Greenhouse, 27 August 2011.

"Syrian musician blames security forces for his parents' beating," By Tom Watkins, CNN July 30, 2011

Strasbourg Hosts Musica Liberat Concert Dedicated to Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, 5 Jul 2011, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Communications Center, with video address by Elie Wiesel

"Musicians' message: Free Russian political prisoners," By Gidon Kremer, Special to CNN July 5, 2011 7:29 p.m. EDT

"War songs CD will benefit vets of current conflicts," by Steve Almasy, CNN.com, 3 September 2010.

"The politics of music in Africa," by Kamau Mutunga, The Nation, 2 September 2010.

100 Russian skinheads attack concertgoers, by David Nowak, Yahoo! News, 29 August 2010.

"In Los Angeles, Songs Without Borders," by Lawrence Downes, 16 August 2009.

"In Quiet Switzerland, Outspoken Rapper Takes On the Far Right," an article about the rapper Stress attacking the Swiss People's Party, 28 May 2009.

"In Israel, Jew and Arab Sing, But Political Chorus Is Heard," by Ethan Bronner, 25 February 2009, p. A5(N).

"Now Hip-Hop, Too, Is Made in China," by Jimmy Wang, Saturday, 23 January 2009, Arts Section.

"Rwandan Musician Sentenced to 15 Years for Role in Genocide," by Marlise Simons, Wednesday, 3 December 2008, p. A8(N).

"'Ode to Joy,' Followed by Chaos and Despair," opinion essay by Slavoj Zizek, Monday, 24 December 2007.

War crimes trial feared to legitimise new repression of musicians elsewhere. An online article about Simon Bikindi, from FreeMuse.

"Pop Music and the War: The Sound of Resignation," by Jon Pareles, Tuesday, 2 January 2007, pp. B1&B5(N).

Muse: Close encounter By Jacqui Swift, in The Sun, Published: 23 Jun 2006

"Anna Marly, 88, Dies; Inspired French Resistance in Song," Obituary by Douglas Martin, Monday, 13 March 2006, p. A19(N).

"A Slain Berber Singer's Voice Rouses His Hometown," by Michael Slackman, Monday, 10 October 2005, p. A4(N).

"As American As Copland, Who Forged Our New Sound," by Allan Kozinn, Friday, 29 July 2005, pp. B1&B6(N).

"Listening to the Beat of the Bomb," by Cornelia Dean, Tuesday, 15 March 2005, p. D2(N).

"Guitars and Amps: Campaign Tools," by Jon Pareles, Wednesday, 13 October 2004, pp. B1&B10(N).

"The politics of music: Musicians mobilize for and against President Bush," CNN Monday, 30 August 2004, by David de Sola.

"Rock Stars Announce a Swing-State Tour," by Jeff Leeds, Thursday, 5 August 2004, p. A17(N).

"Chords for Change," by Bruce Sprinsteen, Thursday, 5 August 2004, p. A23(N).

"Dylan, Master Poet? Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," by Charles McGrath, Wednesday, 9 June 2004, pp. B1&B5(N).

"Protest Song is Back - With a Vengeance," by Christopher Blagg, Christian Science Monitor, 4 June 2004.

"Cem Karaca, 58, Turkish Singer with Political Messages, Dies," by Sernem Arsu, 16 February 2004, p. A19(N).

"Russians Make History Singing Wagner," by John Rockwell, Monday, 2 February 2004, p. B1&6(N).

"Finland's Bold Musical Ambitions Produce a Multitude of Maestros," by Warren Hoge, 5 January 2003, p. A4 (YNE).

"Rockers Unite to Oust Bush," by Damien Cave, Rolling Stone Magazine, 26 November 2003.

"McCartney Finds Fans 'Back in the U.S.S.R.'," by Bill Carter, Thursday, 18 September 2003, pp. B1-7(N).

"Johnny Cash, Country Music Bedrock, Dies at 71," by Stephen Holden, Saturday, 13 September 2003, pp. A1&12(N).

"Musicians Gather in Homage to Allende," by Larry Rohter, Monday, 8 September 2003, p. B1&5(N).

"What to Play Now: Not Madonna," by Jon Pareles, Sunday, 6 April 2003, Arts & Leisure p. 25(N).

"How to Make Antiwar Music Without Using Words," by Kelefa Sanneh, Friday, 4 April 2003, P. E4(N).

"Furor Over Rapper's Cover-Art Statement," by Neil Strauss, Thursday, 3 April 2003, p. E3(N).

"Madonna Cites War and Pulls Her Video," by Jon Pareles, Wednesday, 2 April 2003, p. E1(N).

"Decades Later, 60's Icons Still Live by Their Message," by James Barron, Sunday, 30 March 2003, p. B15(N).

"New Songs, Old Message: 'No War'," by Jon Pareles, Sunday, 9 March 2003, Arts & Leisure p. 1(N).

"A Wartime Star Endures, Singing to a Torn Serbia," by Daniel Simpson, Tuesday, 28 January 2003, p. A4(N).

"Singing the Praises of Mr. Personality," by Steven Lee Myers, 1 September 2002, Week in Review section, Sunday, 1 September 2002, p. 10(N). (This is an article about songs written in support of President Putin.)

"U.S. Messages to Arab Youth, Wrapped in Song," by Felicity Barringer, Monday, 17 June 2002, p. A8(N).

"Polish Hip-Hop Rocks the Homies in the Blok," by Peter S. Green, Friday, 5 April 2002, p. A4(N).

"Killer Songs: Simon Bikindi Stands Accused of Writing Folk Music that Fed the Rwandan Genocide," by Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times Magazine, 17 March 2002, pp. 58-9.

"The Music of War," Guardian Unlimited, Friday, 5 October 2001.

"Hip-Hop Requiem: Tupac Shakur is Mourned, His Legacy Mined," by Neil Strauss, Wednesday, 11 April 2001, The Living Arts section, pp. B1&3(N).

"Trinh Cong Son, 62: Stirred Vietnam with War Protest Songs," by Seth Mydans, Obituaries section, Thursday, 5 April 2001.

"Songwriter's Racist Songs from 1980's Haunt Him," by Neil Strauss, Monday, 4 September 2000, p. 1E.

"Guarding the Borders of the Hip-Hop Nation," by N.R. Kleinfield, Thursday, 6 July 2000, pp. 1&18-9. (This is a hugely important front-page article about the extension of hip-hop into the white community.)