Ms. Goldfarb was kind enough to put me in touch with a scholar of American protest music named Pat Thomas! We have been exchanging emails and will be talking this week. I am excited to hear what he has to say.
I am planning to ask him about his opinion on the significance of protest music during America’s past, present, and future. I am also curious about any recommendations for anti-Vietnam War protest musicians that he might have.
If you are interested in his work, please refer to these links he sent me:
In addition to the music and protests of the Vietnam War, Pat has also written about the Black Power movement. Although the war is the focus of my project, I hope to discuss the role of protest music in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements with him as well. Anti-racism and anti-Vietnam War protests occurred at the same time, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that there were connections between them. I have come across evidence for this connection, but I would like to hear Pat’s take before concluding anything. For instance, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins, and Pete Seeger participated in the Mississippi Freedom Drive, a June 1964 voter registration drive through the South. Nina Simone released renditions of various political ballads such as Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn,” as well, and Sam Cooke reportedly displayed an interest in Dylan’s songwriting.
Check back soon to hear about our conversation!