The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago was not only a galvanizing moment for African-Americans and civil rights. It was also a watershed moment in popular music.
Before that hot summer day, pop music was mostly about a catchy tune and a memorable lyric. Since then, it became commonplace for songs with a social message to race up the sales charts. The Beatles and James Brown did it in the ’60s, and urban rappers, country singers and alternative-rock bands continue speaking out today.
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