This Week in Protest Music: Snoop Dogg, Juliana Hatfield, Sex Pistols and Stefan Lessard

Snoop Dogg released “Lavender” (Nightfall Remix) featuring a clown named Ronald Klump, who wants to deport all doggs, and later Snoop fires a fake pistol at Klump, who later in the video is in chains. Watch the roller coaster video and judge for yourself:

Boston-based soul/rock band Dan & the Wildfire released their new single, “Nothing But Love” on February 22nd and will donate all proceeds to the ACLU.

Juliana Hatfield will release a Pussycat, a politically themed album, on April 28. Hatfield said of the release, “I wasn’t planning on making a record … All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”

Tom Maxwell profiles The Hutchinson Family Singers, who were abolitionists with an anti-slavery anthem.

Katy Perry released “Chained to the Rhythm”, a ‘purposeful pop’ protest song, which was then skewered by the NY Post.

Protest music towards Trump has taken off globally, and through dance music, as detailed by The National, based in United Arab Emirates.

Connecticut based saxophonist Noah Preminger released Meditations on Freedom, on Inauguration Day and Mike Hamad at The Hartford Courant breaks down the albums political themes.

Canadians are getting in on protest music too! Hollerado from Ontario wrote “Grief Money” prior to Trump’s election but it was “It was an unhappy coincidence” the song had a secondary meaning. Blood, Sweat and Tears former singer David Clayton-Thomas wrote “Ode to the Donald” and Wintersleep wrote “Amerika,” tunes that show the interconnectedness of American policy and our Canadian neighbors.

Jon Lydon of the Sex Pistols, who rebelled against the system with punk in the 70s and 80s sees the bright side in Trump, in a new interview with Vulture.

Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band spoke out on the inclusion of political themes in the group’s music as a rebuttal to some fans disagreeing with combining politics with music.

The Colorado Springs Independent takes a look at The Politics of Protest Music.

Matthew O’Neill released “Louisiana” with all proceeds benefiting Earth Guardians.

Portland, Oregon’s Jeffery Martin released “What We’re Marching Toward,” and the Worcester Telegram breaks down the song’s message.

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