ED VULLIAMY’S TOP 10 OF ANGER AND HOPE
1 Woody Guthrie, as sung by Joan Baez: Deportee Written in 1948, about Mexicans being deported. Still relevant seven decades later.
2 Steppenwolf: Monster/ Suicide/ America
An epic trilogy on an empire built on the back of genocide. More relevant with each passing year.
3 Jimi Hendrix: Machine Gun My generation’s searing cry against Vietnam and all wars – and also as Hendrix once said, for “people fighting wars within themselves”.
4 Crosby, Stills & Nash: Long Time Gone The promise of a better time and world, sung in hope and quiet rage, during dark times.
5 Patti Smith: Waiting Underground Long Time Gone without the light. A summoning in terrible times to those who’ve lost hope, for a “gathering” to make “the great ones tremble”.
6 Christy Moore: No Time For Love Jack Warshaw’s song about the universal knock-onthe-door, the arrival of the police, the soldiers.
7 Bob Dylan: Masters of War The song that joins the dots, in white-hot rage, between those who die, and those who make fortunes from the killing.
8 Son House: American Defense
The original Delta blues master on the second world war telling of a black soldier’s sacrifice in a white man’s war.
9 Neil Young: After the Gold Rush
The ‘green’ song ‘ahead of its time’, more than any. If Mother Nature was on the run in the 1970s, she is by now crushed by the greed and belligerence of Homo supposedly ‘Sapiens’.
10 Giuseppe Verdi: Dio, Che Nell’Alma Infondere
Not a ‘song’ exactly, but this duet from Verdi’s opera Don Carlos has become an Italian folk song in its way: pledging death before servitude, and a vision of liberty.