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“Sing It So Loudly”: The Long History of “Birmingham Sunday”

“Sing It So Loudly”: The Long History of “Birmingham Sunday” Essa y .................... “Sing It So Loudly” The Long History of “Birmingham Sunday” by Julia Cox eflecting on her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, folk icon Joan Baez was underwhelmed by the resurgenc e of protest music. “There needs to be more. It’s terribly im - por tant, because that’s what keeps the spirit,” she told Rollin . g Stone  R “Carping and shouting, as much as it gets stuff off your chest in front of 100,000, you really need something uplifting . . . The problem right now is we have no anthem.” Baez’s definition of useful music—something uplift- ing, preferably an anthem—summarizes her own canon of protest music and his- tory with activist movements. Baez famously marched hand in hand with Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan, singing “ We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 March on Washington, in this spirit of optimistic uplift, and churned out topical songs that provided rallying cries against the Vietnam War and racial injustice.1 On what was reported to be her nal fi album, Whistle Down the Wind (2018), Baez recorded a moving cover of Zoe Mulford’s “ The President Sang Amazing Grace,” about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

“Sing It So Loudly”: The Long History of “Birmingham Sunday”

Southern Cultures , Volume 24 (3) – Oct 11, 2018

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

Essa y .................... “Sing It So Loudly” The Long History of “Birmingham Sunday” by Julia Cox eflecting on her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, folk icon Joan Baez was underwhelmed by the resurgenc e of protest music. “There needs to be more. It’s terribly im - por tant, because that’s what keeps the spirit,” she told Rollin . g Stone  R “Carping and shouting, as much as it gets stuff off your chest in front of 100,000, you really need something uplifting . . . The problem right now is we have no anthem.” Baez’s definition of useful music—something uplift- ing, preferably an anthem—summarizes her own canon of protest music and his- tory with activist movements. Baez famously marched hand in hand with Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan, singing “ We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 March on Washington, in this spirit of optimistic uplift, and churned out topical songs that provided rallying cries against the Vietnam War and racial injustice.1 On what was reported to be her nal fi album, Whistle Down the Wind (2018), Baez recorded a moving cover of Zoe Mulford’s “ The President Sang Amazing Grace,” about

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 11, 2018

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