Rebel Yell

Tom Robinson presents a series exploring the history of the protest song and politically motivated music.

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Episodes

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01This Land Is Your Land20001108

This edition examines the origins of music with a message, featuring songs from Ewan MacColl, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

02Blowin' In The Wind20001115

This edition looks at the British folk revival, skiffle and calypso, and why such artists as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary became so closely associated with politics. Featuring the Kingston Trio, Billy Bragg and Lonnie Donegan.

03We Shall Overcome20001122

This edition considers the impact of the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam campaign on the development of the protest song. With contributions from Richard Coles, Kirsty MacColl and Harvey Goldsmith, and music from Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and the Beatles.

04What's Going On?20001129

This edition examines how the protest song moved away from its 60s folk roots and became more sophisticated and commercial. With contributions from Pauline Black, Tim Rice, Richard Coles and Kirsty MacColl, and music from John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Bob Marley

05Anarchy In The Uk20001206

This edition examines how the music of anarchy became an instrument of significant social change. With contributions from Tim Rice, Pauline Black, Richard Coles and Kirsty MacColl, and music from Billy Bragg, the Specials and Elvis Costello

06 LASTEarth Song20001213

This final edition explores how protest songs have given way to `events' such as Live Aid, and considers whether there is still a place for music with a political edge. With contributions from Sting, Phil Collins, Richard Coles and Kirsty MacColl.