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if a song could be freedom mixtape 017 – Military Dissent

Military Dissent – Mixtape 017 was put together and produced by Kevin Basl, a writer and musician living near Ithaca, NY. He is a member of About Face (formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War) and Veterans for Peace. “The music on this mixtape was inspired by those antiwar dissenters who know the inner-workings of the | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 016- Sounds of Protest

Amit Gilutz is a composer and activist originally from Israel/Palestine, now based in the USA. His work is interdisciplinary and conceptual, particularly focused on the question of music’s ability to participate in the practice of social justice. This mixtape was originally prepared for “Sounds of Protest”, a course I designed and taught at Cornell University | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 015 – Doom Gloom and Hope! by Paul Messersmith-Glavin

Doom and Gloom: Prog-Metal Playlist, by Paul Messersmith-Glavin I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Chicago, predominantly Catholic, with Irish, German, Polish, Puerto Rican and Asian folks. For us boys, our form of rebellion was growing our hair and listening to metal and progressive rock (prog rock).  Our embrace of metal expressed our | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 013 – Injustice for All by Lara Messersmith-Glavin

if a song could be freedom – 013 – Injustice For All is a mixtape by Lara Messersmith-Glavin. “I grew up in very remote, rural areas of the Pacific Northwest, in predominately white, working-class communities.  The only music I heard was country, bluegrass, classical, and—for the freaks—metal.  I didn’t hear punk rock until I was | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 012 – Seguimos Revolusonando by Suena a Revolución

if a song could be freedom mixtape 012 #SeguimosRevolusonando was produced and submitted by Suena a Revolución. an audio/podcast project that started in April of 2014. Suena a Revolucion focuses on music of contemporary independent artivists from Latin America and the Caribbean that use music as a vehicle for social movement. Our goal is to | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 011 – Paredon Records by Erin Yanke and Alec Dunn

if a song could be freedom mixtape 011 – Paredon Records is produced by Erin Yanke and Alec Icky Dunn. “Founded in 1969 by Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber, Paredon Records was part of a wave of cultural expression that accompanied the worldwide struggle for economic, racial, and social justice and national liberation of the | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 010 – Protest & Survive by Brandon Bauer

Mixtape 010 Protest and Survive is brought to us by Brandon Bauer. Brandon is an artist based in Wisconsin. His Euromissiles Crisis print series critically examines the nuclear abolition movement in the 1980s. The series references cultural, political, and activist events of the era, and serves as an allegory of citizen involvement, as well as | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 009 – Burning Cop Car by submedia.tv

if a song could be freedom mixtape 009 – Burning Cop Car was produced by Frank and the folks at submedia.tv. subMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 008 – Tahrir Square by Ganzeer

if a song could be freedom mixtape 008 lives at archive.org. if a song could be freedom mixtape 008 – “Tahrir Square” is curated by Ganzeer. Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian “contingency artist” operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. “He is not an author, comic book artist, installation artist, | More »

if a song could be freedom mixtape 007 – Revolutionary Roots by Xaviera Simmons

This weeks mixtape is curated by Xaviera Simmons. Jamaica is just all of it..Stunning landscape, diversely populated, politically charged and creativly genius.. For me popular music starts in Jamaica as it’s basically where DJ’ing and mc’ing began and it’s where rap took flight to give us modern day hip hop. I constantly look to Jamiaca | More »