First the protest ^ . Walt Schaub asked today on Twitter where the protest music for this era is.
I think the main thing here is that music is distributed differently than it was in the ‘60s, and the bigger question here is probably what constitutes a “major artist” when the record companies are owned by the same people we’d be protesting. Some of these are more anthemic than others. But, there’s plenty of protest music from now. Help me add to the list!
A lot of music from Hamilton and its mixtapes is serving that function.
Buffy Sainte-Marie has been going strong since the ‘60s, but Medicine Songs is from 2017. It combines old and new.
Janelle Monae. Fuck. I think everything she writes could be put here, but Black Lives Matter, and Hell You Talmbout is A DAMN POWERFUL ANTHEM.
Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Artists for Puerto Rico:
I’m sure there’s a lot more. . .