Radical Protest in Rock

Zappa, Lennon, and Garcia

Authored by: Jacqueline Edmondson , Robert G. Weiner

The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415509527
eBook ISBN: 9780203124888
Adobe ISBN: 9781136447297


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The word “radical” has its origins in the Latin word radicalis, meaning “of roots” or “root.” In social and political circles, something radical is seen as revolutionary and as an attempt to change existing social structures. Radical protest thus begins at the grassroots, with people (rather than the authorities) who attempt to change norms by raising objections to the status quo.

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