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Looking back at the history of protest songs

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When popular music meets politics and it can be a very volatile mixture.

Songs of protest have often been the soundtrack to social and political revolutions.

They have played a role from the American south to post-colonial Africa and on the streets of Cairo.

A History of Protest Songs has been published looking at seven decades of music.

Tim Willcox speaks to the author, Dorian Lynskey and looks back at some revolutionary hits.

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