Sounds of Resistance

The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism

by Eunice Rojas and Lindsay Michie, Editors

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October 2013


Pages 544
Volumes 2
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/General

From the gospel music of slavery in the antebellum South to anti-apartheid freedom songs in South Africa, this two-volume work documents how music has fueled resistance and revolutionary movements in the United States and worldwide.

Political resistance movements and the creation of music—two seemingly unrelated phenomenon—often result from the seed of powerful emotions, opinions, or experiences. This two-volume set presents essays that explore the connections between diverse musical forms and political activism across the globe, revealing fascinating similarities regarding the interrelationship between music and political resistance in widely different geographic or cultural circumstances.

The breadth of specific examples covered in Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism highlights strong similarities between diverse situations—for example, protest against the Communist government in Poland and drug discourse in hip hop music in the United States—and demonstrates how music has repeatedly played a vital role in energizing or expanding various political movements. By exploring activism and how music relates to specific movements through an interdisciplinary lens, the authors document how music often enables powerless members of oppressed groups to communicate or voice their concerns.


  • Provides compelling information that links two popular topics of ethnic studies: music and political protest
  • Discusses a wide range of popular songs and types of music that will be familiar to different readers, thereby piquing their interest
  • Presents information that clearly shows how music acts as a powerful unifying element in mass movements
  • Examines the mutually beneficial relationship between protest movements and music, documenting how political protest sparks musical innovation, and the songs produced motivate protesters
Author Info

Eunice Rojas, PhD, is assistant professor of Spanish at Lynchburg College. Her publications included contributions to ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Latin Music; “Ricardo Piglia’s Schizophrenic Machine: The Madness of Resistance in La ciudad ausente” in Hispanet Journal 6; and “Madness as Redemption in Ulysses’ “Circe” Episode” in Papers on Joyce 16. Rojas holds a doctorate in Spanish with an emphasis on cultural studies from the University of Virginia.

Lindsay W. Michie, PhD, is assistant professor of history at Lynchburg College and the author of Greenwood's The End of Apartheid in South Africa and Praeger's Portrait of an Appeaser: Robert Hadow, First Secretary in the British Foreign Office, 1931–1939. Michie holds a doctorate in modern history from St. Andrew's University, Scotland. Her current focus is on African and South African history.

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