Music and the Vietnam War – songs of politics

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan


In honor of Music Freedom Day, pianist Guy Livingston continues his series on Music and Politics, around American music and the Vietnam war, both for and against. Charles Ives also sings and plays with a utopian viewpoint.

The ambiguity and fog of war are evoked by Jimi Hendrix, George Crumb, the Kronos String Quartet, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Philip Glass, Kai Schumacher, Frederick Rzewski, and more.

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Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams. Nonesuch Records 79101.

Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land
Smithsonian Folkways SFWCD 40112

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fortunate Son
America Records AM 17012

Jimi Hendrix
The Star Spangled Banner (Live)
MCA Records MCD 11671

George Crumb
Black Angels Quartet – this is really about music and the Vietnam war
1. Departure (5:37)
2. Absence (5:26)
3. Return (7:29)
Kronos Quartet
Electra Nonesuch 79242-2


Music Freedom Day,  2015

Bob Dylan
Masters of War

Sgt. Barry Sadler
The Ballad of the Green Berets
Collectors Choice Music CCM037-2

Merle Haggard
Okie from Muskogee
Bellevue Entertainment 10211-2

Philip Glass
The Fog of War
John Kusiak & Michael Riesman
Orange Mountain Music OMM 0010

Phil Ochs
Draft Dodger Rag
Hannibal Records HNCD 4422

Charles Ives
They Are There!
Charles Ives (piano and voice). Electronic strings overlay by the Kronos Quartet.
Electra Nonesuch 79242-2

Frederick Rzewski
36 Variations On “El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido” (begining)
1. Theme 1 (1:39)
2. Variations 1-6 (7:13)
(performance continues next week)
Kai Schumacher, piano
Wergo 67302


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