Why We’ve Got No Protest Music

“Everybody’s so busy struggling, they don’t want to take any steps that might hold them back.”

Will our current political climate lead to great new music? Industry observer Bob Lefsetz doesn’t think so.

In this post he explains why no great protest music has emerged yet, citing everything from artists who grew up influenced by Mariah Carey instead of Bob Dylan, to a hip hop culture that’s become more interested in lifestyle than speaking truth to power, to a music industry where most hits are crafted by Europeans, among other contributing factors.