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Modern America Through Song - “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott Heron Song recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important are selected to reflect apart of American history and added to the National Recording Registry. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott Heron should be added to the National Recording Registry because it addresses the Vietnam war and the brainwashing of television. It speaks to the fact that people were unaware of the issues of inequality because the media advertised politics but left out the radical movements that were occurring. In the lyrics, he stated that “the revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon/Blowing a Bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell.” Here, he is criticizing the Watergate scandal. Through this song, he wanted people to have more knowledge about stuff that was going around them, than just what was getting shown on television. In addition, he wanted young adults to start protesting against the Vietnam War and other matters, instead of relying on what was put on television. I think that this song would be a good selection for the National Recording Registry because it can help the government and future presidents not make the same mistakes that were made during Nixon's presidency. The 1970s was a time of activism and reform for women, African Americans, gay, and lesbians, as well as other marginalized people. Nonetheless, Gil created this song to show the significance of these reforms and fighting for what is right. Modern America Through Song - “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy was published in 1989, Reagan had eliminated social programs that helped minority groups that struggled with poverty and violence. The most popular way to make money was selling crack; nonetheless, it was slowly destroying black
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communities. Many people were selling drugs because of the very few job opportunities for blacks. Hence, it was the only way for them to make money to provide for their families. The government policies were made to suppress African Americans. Black Power Movements were
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