All over the world, and throughout history, music has been a vital part of effecting social and political change. At times the powers-that-be resist that change by oppressing the arts and the artists. Can music bring about social and political change? How has music shaped politics historically and today? Maria Armoudian discusses these questions with Professors Mark LeVine, Josh Kun and Richard Flacks.

Mark LeVine is a Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of California Irvine. His publications include Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam.

Josh Kun is a Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. His publications include Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America.

Richard Flacks is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements.


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