Although music is known to be part of the great social movements that have rocked the world, its specific contribution to political struggle has rarely been closely analyzed. Is it truly the 'lifeblood' of movements, as some have declared, or merely the entertainment between the speeches? Drawing on interviews, case studies and musical and lyrical analysis, Rosenthal and Flacks offer a brilliant analysis and a wide-ranging look at the use of music in movements, in the US and elsewhere, over the past hundred years. From their interviews, the voices of Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Tom Morello, Holly Near, and many others enliven this highly readable book.

part |2 pages

Part I: An Introduction to the Music-Movement Link

part |2 pages

Part II: The Meanings of Music

chapter 2|28 pages

Aretha Franklin Sings to Charlie Manson

chapter 3|24 pages


chapter 4|12 pages

The Audience and Reception

part |2 pages

Part III: The Functions of Musicking for Social Movements

chapter 6|20 pages

Serving the Committed

chapter 7|14 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

Conversion and Recruitment

chapter 9|8 pages


chapter 10|16 pages

How Musicking Harms Movements

chapter 11|14 pages

What Makes a Difference?

chapter 12|46 pages

What Is to Be Sung (or Played)?