From the ancient Greeks singing Homer’s epics, laden with not-so-subtle racial propaganda, and bards in mediaeval Europe playing tunes which celebrated the feats of the noble Knights of the day.
And let’s not overlook “God Save the Queen” or “Rule Britannia,” songs which drill into us a sense of patriotism and subservience to crown and country.
In the second half of the 20th century, a new breed of political song against the injustices of the day emerged, striking fear in the hearts of all fascists and advocates of the Vietnam War. Many were written by Bob Dylan.
Particularly on his early records, Dylan sang about the warmongerers of the time. Never could there be an angrier and more overtly political song than Masters of War where Dylan sings: “You hide in your mansion, while the young people’s blood, flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud”.
But who is today’s Dylan ? The first thought would be no one, and if this is the case then why? Some may argue that there is no great injustice, such as the Vietnam War, around which everyone can rally.