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When Music Makes History

A Change is Gonna Come

R&B star Sam Cooke transforms the pain of racism and segregation into a hopeful ballad.

A Change is Gonna Come

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When Music Makes History

If I Can Dream

In 1968, Elvis closes his “Comeback Special” with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I Can Dream

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When Music Makes History

Ramblin' Man

The Allman Brothers hit the road in 1975 to support Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign.

Ramblin' Man

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When Music Makes History

Fight the Power

Spike Lee enlists Public Enemy to write a protest anthem for this film Do The Right Thing.

Fight the Power

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When Music Makes History

What's Going On

In 1971, Marvin Gaye releases the landmark protest anthem What’s Going On.

What's Going On

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When Music Makes History

We're Not Gonna Take It

In 1985, a Twisted Sister song helps spark controversy over song lyrics and censorship.

We're Not Gonna Take It

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When Music Makes History

This Land is Your Land

In 1940, Woody Guthrie writes the lyrics to the timeless anthem This Land Is Your Land.

This Land is Your Land

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When Music Makes History

Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)

James Brown’s Say It Loud becomes an unofficial anthem of the Black Power movement.

Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)

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When Music Makes History

Ohio

Neil Young pens the song Ohio in response to the horrific massacre at Kent State.

Ohio

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When Music Makes History

Not Ready to Make Nice

The Dixie Chicks offer a defiant response to a controversy that nearly ended their career.

Not Ready to Make Nice

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When Music Makes History

Don't Stop

Bill Clinton uses Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop as his 1992 presidential campaign theme song.

Don't Stop

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When Music Makes History

America the Beautiful

Ray Charles performs America the Beautiful at the 1984 Republican National Convention.

America the Beautiful