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Call and response

One of my favourite songs is Barry McGuire’s 1965 protest song, Eve of Destruction:

I was interested to discover that a group called The Spokesmen had responded to McGuire (and PF Sloan, who wrote Eve of Destruction) with a song called Dawn of Correction:

As ever, you can see why the original is remembered, while the answer song has faded into obscurity, but it’s an interesting response to Eve of Destruction that doesn’t just berate McGuire and Sloan for daring to protest, but instead requests that they look at the alleged positives of life in the mid-60s – ‘instead of condemning, make some recommendations’. It’s a protest song that the Decent Left could approve to, something could be used as a soundtrack to the Euston Manifesto.

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