Give Public Domain Protest Songs a Chance! Give Public Domain Protest Songs a Chance!
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Give Public Domain Protest Songs a Chance!

by Andrew Price

April 22, 2011

Remember the 1960s? Scratch that. Remember music from the 1960s? Songs like "The Times, They Are A-Changin'" or "Give Peace a Chance" expressed the counter-culture zeitgeist and galvanized a generation around radical new ideas. These days, we have "Tik Tok" and "California Gurls." And even if you find those songs harmless and fun (that's fair enough) today's biggest acts just don't pack the same political punch.

Adam McKay, the comedian who co-wrote Anchorman and Talladega Nights with Will Farrell, is trying to change that. McKay wants more modern protest songs and he wants them to live in the public domain so anyone can use them. This week, he launched the aptly named site Public Domain Protest Songs. It includes a handful of songs McKay wrote with the band English Teeth, and encourages the public to download them, remix them, and write their own.

McKay has promised that "some other bigger name artists" will contribute as well. Ke$ha, maybe pen something about the Koch brothers when you're done trying on all your clothes, clothes.

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Give Public Domain Protest Songs a Chance!