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Celebrating a century of American protest music: folk, gospel, rock, blues, reggae, hip-hop and more with a focus on inspiring progressive social change.

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I have long been interested in topical folk songs, inspired by the courage of old union anthems, moved by civil rights freedom singers, roused by musical calls to peace and hope. Forty years have passed since I was in the streets of Chicago at the Democratic Convention in the summer of ’68, but I am still stirred by the memory of Phil Ochs facing off against armed troops as we attempted to exit Grant Park, their machine guns deployed to protect amerikkka from his guitar.

We have struggled on and won some victories, but the fight for social and environmental justice, and peace continues. To resist the slow creep of Fascism, music is more necessary than ever. As an antidote to the incessant barrage of corporate brainwashing to which we are exposed (yes, even on Live365), we need access to the truths contained in songs of struggle, past and present. There are important lessons in this music. The late Utah Phillips said that the “long memory” is the most radical idea in this country. By playing and celebrating a century of progressive music, Flames of Discontent hopes to keep the memories of America’s people’s struggles alive. This one’s dedicated to you, Utah.

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Flames of Discontent celebrates a century of American protest music, and features traditional artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Malvina Reynolds, Holly Near, Mavis Staples, and Utah Phillips, as well as more current ones like Ani DiFranco, David Rovics and Roy Zimmerman. It is folk at its core, but also includes relevant rock, blues, gospel and even hip-hop.

The playlist is organized thematically, with songs from labor, anti-war, civil rights, environmental, gender equity, and other movements for social justice grouped to help tell a story. Interested in a different theme? Wait a while until it comes around again on the guitar…

Democracy is best when participatory, and so is this station. Please provide feedback, rate songs to let us know what you like, and suggest songs and artists to include.

The late Utah Phillips said that a "long memory" is the most radical idea in this country. This station is dedicated to him, in the hopes that wisdom gained in struggles of the past, and captured in its music, will help inform the challenges of today.

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