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Book review: '33 Revolutions Per Minute' by Dorian Lynskey
Book review: '33 Revolutions Per Minute' by Dorian Lynskey

"You say you want a revolution," John Lennon sang in 1968. "Well, you know, we all want to change the world." If not all of us, at least plenty of pop stars have, as Dorian Lynskey illustrates in his mammoth "33 Revolutions Per Minute." Starting with Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit" in 1939, he follows the thread of popular protest songs up to roughly the present day, hitting about 1,200 numbers along the way. To make it all manageable, Lynskey uses a vinyl-focused conceit: 33 chapters, each hinged on a single song, including "This Land Is Your Land," "We Shall Overcome," "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm...

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