Discourse Karaoke is part of Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street, a public symposium copresented with the Walker Art Center.
Karaoke from a selection of classic and contemporary protest/patriotic/political songs. Duets and larger singing groups are encouraged. Here is a partial list of songs. Start practicing now!
The Beatles, Revolution
The Beatles, Taxman
Black Eyed Peas, Where is the Love?
Black Sabbath, War Pigs
David Bowie, Young Americans
James Brown, Living in America
Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth (Stop Children What’s that Sound)
Johnny Cash, The Man in Black
Tracy Chapman, Talking About a Revolution
Ray Charles, America the Beautiful
The Clash, I Fought the Law
The Clash, Rock the Casbah
The Cranberries, Zombie
The Cranberries, Free to Decide
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All
Neil Diamond, America
Bob Dylan, Maggie’s Farm
Bob Dylan, The Times They are a Changin’
EnVogue, Free Your Mind
Marvin Gaye, What’s Goin’ On?
Marvin Gaye, Mercy, Mercy Me
Green Day, American Idiot
Lee Greenwood, God Bless the USA (Proud to Be an American)
Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land
Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit
Mahalia Jackson, We Shall Overcome
Mahalia Jackson, Black or White
Mahalia Jackson, Earth Song
Michael Jackson, et al. We are the World, We are the children
Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz
Toby Keith, American Soldier
Judas Priest, Revolution
John Lennon, Imagine
John Lennon, Give Peace a Chance
John Lennon & Yoko Ono, War is Over
Lynard Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama
Loretta Lynn, One’s On the Way
Bob Marley, I Shot the Sheriff
Bob Marley, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
Bob Marley, Redemption Song
John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change
MC5, Kick Up the Jams
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
Peter, Paul, & Mary, Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Peter, Paul, & Mary, If I Had a Hammer
Pink, Dear Mr. President
Public Enemy, Fight the Power
Rage Against the Machine, Killing in the Name
Helen Reddy, I am Woman
Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen
Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
Standard, Star Spangled Banner
Standard, Amazing Grace
The Staples Singers, Respect Yourself
Edwin Starr, War
T-Rex, Children of the Revolution
Peter Tosh, Legalize It
U2, Year’s Day
U2, In God’s Country
U2, Mothers of the Disappeared
U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again
Neil Young, Rockin’ in the Free World
The evening starts with a chalkboard mixer where people pair up with a stranger to discuss the following:
- Describe a political issue that is not black and white to you. Describe one that is.
- How do you think race affects politics?
- Which candidate (local, national, historical) do you most identify with and why?
- What do you think is the biggest threat to our society?
- What influences your political beliefs the most and why?
- Each partner chooses the other’s answer that they think is the most interesting. Each person then writes their answer on a 5 x 7 inch mailing label and wears it for the rest of the evening.
The Third Place Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery is located at at 3730 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. Click here for directions.