Pop Music's Best Protest Songs of the Sixties and Seventies

PinkSlip Duo
Music / History

Course Description

When you think of protest songs from the sixties and seventies, you’d likely think of folk songs by Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger and the Weavers or the old labor and civil rights songs. However, in this program, they will discuss and sing protest songs by artists who are more associated with the folk-rock, rock, and pop genres of the 60s and 70s. In some cases, artist's songs became so popular; listeners may not have realized what they were really about. The social message about war, the Vietnam War, civil rights, women's rights, human kindness, or other pressing issues of the time and of today contained in them may have been missed. Based on lists by Rolling Stone Magazine and other reputable sources, the PinkSlip Duo will discuss and sing some of the top pop protest songs of the 60s and 70s, songs written and/or recorded by Dylan, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Ian, Buffy St. Marie, Country Joe and the Fish,  Barry McGuire, Phil Ochs, Marvin Gaye and others  As always, their fascinating stories will include evocative slides and the songs will include lyrics so the audience can sing along while thoroughly enjoying the nostalgia.

About the Instructor

  • Joan Friedenberg, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, is a 30-year professor of education and author; and Bill Bowen, 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. Friedenberg (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida. Bowen (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable." Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 2015" by New Times.