P13 - Political Songs | David Rovics

* Freedom of Speech | Ice-T : The Iceberg - Freedom of Speech ... Just Watch What You Say

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* Woman’s Work | Tracy Chapman : Matters Of The Heart

Political musicians have their fans and their critics and sometimes they are one in the same. Here are four songs about political songs for the fans and the critics.

* Political Song | Randy Kaplan : Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 7, No. 8)
* A Different Kind Of Love Song | Dick Gaughan : A Different Kind Of Love Song
* Sing About Love | Chumbawamba : The Boy Bands Have Won
* Sing A Song To Please Us | Leon Rosselson : The World Turned Upside Down: Rosselsongs 1960-2010


The last time David Rovics had a real job was when he was a part-time barista at a Starbucks in 1995. After having too many thoughts about killing all the white men in suits who never tipped that entered his workplace (which were most of the clientele), he quit that job quick. Since then he has been subsisting as a musician, playing in the streets and subways of Boston at first, and by the late 1990’s, touring internationally as a DIY protest singer. Except that he hates the term “protest singer.” But that’s how the mainstream media would dismissively define him and his ilk, anyway, so there you go.

If you’re using this bio to introduce David at a gig, you can be merciful to your audience and stop there. The music will be better than reading this narcissistic crap. But if you want all the gory details, keep reading (preferably to yourself).

David Rovics is the best Topical Songwriter, bar none. If you disagree, please tell me who is better, seriously, if there is someone better I want to be listening to them.

Rovics takes the details of an event or a movement and paints a picture that tells a story and puts that into context, socially, economically, politically.

* Eat the Rich | David Rovics : All the News That’s Fit to Sing
* Welcome to the Working Class | David Rovics : All the News That’s Fit to Sing

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David Rovics just released his latest album Punk Baroque, which includes songs about The Pulse Club mass murder in Orlando, Gentrification, Bombing, Refugees and Standing Rock. Listen to it, buy it on Band Camp.

* Minimum Wage Strike | David Rovics : Behind The Barricades - The Best Of David Rovics
* I Can’t Breathe | David Rovics : The Other Side

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