A slight deviation from my regular history of sorts. This time I will leave the music do the talking.
Throughout the decades there have been many songs that took their inspiration from historical events, below is a list and clips of some of them.
Starting of with the one song that covers most of known history of mankind. The Rollings Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”
Next up the re-telling of Rasputin by Boney M. Although they took quite some poetic licenses it still broadly outlines the history of that infamous Russian.
Martin Luther King was the inspiration for U2’s “Pride” one of U2’s best songs ever with a powerful message.
On December 29, 1890, the massacre of Sioux warriors, women and children along Wounded Knee Creek in southwestern South Dakota marked the final chapter in the long war between the United States and the Native American tribes indigenous to the Great Plains.
It was to be known as the Wounded knee massacre.It inspired the Native American Rock band Redbone to record the protest song “We were all wounded at Wounded Knee”
In 2010 the Chicago Metal band, Disturbed, released the song “Never Again” it was inspired by the Holocaust and served as an indictment that the one thing that history teaches us is that it keeps repeating itself.
Even our darkest era is denied, forgotten and slowly at risk of repeating itself again. But like Disturbed I also say “NEVER AGAIN”
Although I am not a great fan of Bob Dylan as a performing artist, there is no denying he is one of the best songwriters ever.
I could have picked so many songs from his back catalogue but decided to go with “Hurricane”
“Hurricane” is a protest song by Bob Dylan co-written with Jacques Levy, about the imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. It compiles alleged acts of racism and profiling against Carter, which Dylan describes as leading to a false trial and conviction.
Finishing up as I started with a song that encompasses several decades of history.”We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a song by Billy Joel. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel’s birth, and 1989,the year the song was released.
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