Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Here’s how protest songs should go
January 17th, 2017
On the eve of two big demonstrations–in Washington, D.C., and Chicago–comes a discussion about the origins of protest songs.
Headliners are Steve Dawson and Mark Caro, authors of “Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside You.” The book is meant to inspire anyone–no matter how skilled–to express yourself creatively through song.
Dawson is lead singer with the band Dolly Varden and Caro is an author and longtime entertainment journalist.
On Jan. 20, they’ll discuss how music can shape society–especially in troubled times.
“Much of our greatest music has come out of challenging times,” Caro says, ticking off periods of music creation, from the Civil Rights movement to 1960s and ’70s anti-war movements. “Bob Dylan just won the first-ever songwriter’s Nobel Prize for Literature for a body of work that raged against injustice.”
The free event is Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
It comes the day before the Women’s March on Chicago and Women’s March on D.C.