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Dancing in the Street, Activist Song

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mark Kurlansky tells how the song “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for a changing America. It was released in the summer of 1964—the time of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. Kurlansky’s book Ready for a Brand New Beat explains how “Dancing in the Street” became an activist anthem.

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Comments [3]

Brian from Manhattan

The Grateful Dead closed their iconic Cornell '77 show with a dico version of the Dancin' that is beloved by deadheads.

Jul. 12 2013 01:00 PM
Brian from Manhattan

The Grateful Dead closed their iconic Cornell '77 show with a dico version of the Dancin' that is beloved by deadheads.

Jul. 12 2013 01:00 PM
Robert from NYC

Of course I love the original version with Martha but I also love the Bowie/Jagger video version i see often on Family Guy. I don't know if FG is the origin of that video of if they "borrowed" it from somewhere else but it's a great version of Dancin' in the Street.

Jul. 12 2013 12:52 PM

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