Article: Kevin Heffernan
Cover Photo: Josh Johnson

Fourth of July for everyone

Patriotism comes in many forms. We won’t waste time talking about what patriotism is not… but we will talk about what it is: Standing up for your neighbors, friends, coworkers, family, and complete strangers who are not being treated equally by society or the law because of their skin color, religion, gender, sexuality, country of origin, or income level. Today, it can be difficult to take those stands every day, and many of us need some music to turn to for motivation.

I found the latest, and maybe the last album from Tribe Called Quest as a galvanizing force:

At the same time, I turned back to the music that helped me deal with rage 14 years ago with Taking Back Sunday:

While asking around about who were the Bob Dylan’s, the Rage Against the Machine’s, the N.W.A’s, and the Nina Simone’s of today, we found out that many of these names remain so relevant today for our peers.

We asked community activists, those working directly with and for people who would benefit from social upheaval, and local artists what their go-to motivation to resist the establishment albums are:

Emma Fabian

Director Substance User Health Policy – Evergreen Health, Member Showing Up For Racial Justice

Live: Hope at the Hideout – Mavis Staples

So Much Shouting, So Much Laughing – Ani DiFranco

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan

Chae Hawk

Progressive Rap Cinema Artist

We’re a Winner – The Impressions

Super Fly – Curtis Mayfield

Uprising – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Travis Vasquez (Truey V)

Visual and Hip Hop Artist, Contributor – Rise

Testing – A$AP Rocky

777 – KEY

Die Lit – Playboi Carti

Ethan Cox

Owner, Community Beer Works

Self Titled – Rage Against the Machine

Sandinista! – The Clash

Blood Mountain – Mastadon

Kate Rogers

Writer – Rise Collaborative, Owner – Love in Motion Yoga

Lungs – Florence and the Machine

Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

Jeremy Franklin

Local Guitarist, The Soft Love

To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar