Finally, a resurgence of great protest music in America

Childish Gambino, protest song "This Is AmericaAfter a decade of bland tunes dominating the pop world, good music has at last stormed the country. This has happened largely under the guise of protest music. I use the term broadly to mean music that confronts social ills. This could be injustice, conformity, hypocrisy, whatever. Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” has thrust the matter into the spotlight, of course. Discourse about the song has flooded the news cycle, spawned YouTube commentary, and propelled the music video to an astonishing almost one billion views. Although not the only cause, the rise and election of Donald Trump certainly energized this wave. Perhaps this heralds a new era of great music. Continue reading →