Ballad Of Hollis Brown By Rise Against A Long Overdue Call For Action

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Ballad of Hollis Brown by Rise Against: A Long Overdue Call for Action For generations, music and pop-culture have been important and strategic venues for political causes. From U-2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” to Tupac’s “Changes”, musical artists have taken to their stages to draw attention, and urge action upon whatever cause they support. One band however, has taken this process to the next level. Rise Against has become known as a politically motivated band who’s fans are inspired by their liberal “Stand up and take action!” attitude. Almost every song they record promotes awareness for one cause or another, and their song “Ballad of Hollis Brown” is no exception. The unique aspect of this song is that the issue being addressed has been going on for at least the last 50 years and has remained overlooked all this time, even in today’s culture of mass internet activism. The song addresses the plight of the independent local farmer whose livelihood and existence is being destroyed by large scale industrial farms. It’s true that industrial farms can produce at much higher rates and keep consumer costs low, but does that justify destroying independent farmers? Bob Dylan didn’t think so when he originally wrote “Ballad of Hollis Brown” and Rise Against has renewed Dylan’s contempt for industrial farming with their new take on his classic song. With “Ballad of Hollis Brown”, Rise Against combines an old school blues song with new school post-punk audio and video elements

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