1969 Activist music
- Compared to What (1969) Less McCann/Eddie Harris were the first of many to cover Gene McDaniels’ song. The President, he’s got his war/Folks don’t know just what it’s for.
- Custer Died for Your Sins (1969) Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a country singer, political activist, and, late in life, a movie and TV actor.
- Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey (1969) Sly Stone’s self-explanatory call for tolerance.
- Freedom (1969) Richie Havens impromptu composition that borrowed from the traditional Motherless Child.
- Fortunate Son (1969) John Fogerty’s comment on the inequity of the US draft system during the Vietnam War.
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1969 Activist music
- Give Peace a Chance (1969)The song John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s sang during their famous Bed-In to promote peace during their honeymoon. Lennon was joined by Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, Joseph Schwartz, Allan Rock, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Murray the K and Derek Taylor.
- Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey) (1969) Curtis Mayfield
- Monster (1969) Steppenwolf’s epic song describing American history from a different perspective: America, where are you now, Don’t you care about your sons and daughters, Don’t you know we need you now, We can’t fight alone against the monster.
- Motor City Is Burning (1969) John Lee Hooker wrote it; MC5 had a hit with it.
- MC5, The Motor City Is Burning
- One Tin Soldier (1969) A parable about two groups seeking a treasure, but one using violence to find it.
- Skeeter Davis: One Tin Soldier
- Revolution (1969) Nina Simone’s response to the Beatles’ song Revolution
- Something In the Air (1969)…Thunderclap Newman, “Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right”
- Jimi Hendrix, Star Spangled Banner (1969) The only instrumental protest song.
- Marlena Shaw, Woman of the Ghetto (1969)… Won’t you listen, won’t you listen to me, legislator?