Sounds of Resistance
The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism
by Eunice Rojas and Lindsay Michie, Editors
October 2013, 544pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39805-6
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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.

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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