The 26th battle week for "I PROTEST is closed.
Here are the preliminary stats for the week, pending Darren's approval:
Eve of Destruction/Barry McGuire: Gold -10, Silver - 7, Bronze - 2, Tin/Pewter - 2 = 67 pts.
Strange Fruit/Billie Holiday: Gold - 7, Silver - 6, Bronze - 5, Tin/Pewter - 3 = 59 pts.
Get Up, Stand Up/Bob Marley: Gold - 4, Silver - 5, Bronze - 9, Tin/Pewter - 3 = 52 pts.
Student Demonstration Time/Beach Boys: Gold - 0, Silver - 3, Bronze - 5, Tin/Pewter - 13 = 32 pts.
We had 21 voters and totals come to 210 overall points.
A great big thanks to all of you who participated in this contest! I didn't think that the Beach Boys song would 'Make It Big' (like one of their song titles), but it ended up being a very devastating week for our beloved band. Barry McGuire's took the gold by a wide margin. Darren will probably be happy that Billie Holiday came in at 2nd place for Strange Fruit. The top two were both quite powerful songs of protest. I have listened to most of the links all of you provided and as you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg as protest songs go and there were so many great ones that I had to make a choice on. It was very difficult indeed.
Note: When I chose the Billie Holiday song for racism protest, I had in mind about the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement and their protests on police brutality and injustices against black people. The massacre of all those police officers in Dallas, Texas brought about my thoughts (one thought leads to another and so on) that this month is the 47th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianco murders in L.A. by the Manson 'family'. I wonder if Charles Manson, who is still serving a life sentence in San Quentin prison for these murders, has access to tv or internet news and knows what is going on with all the riots about racism. If he has, I can imagine a rant from him like this: 'I told 'em so! They thought I was insane, but here it is - HELTER SKELTER!'
Looking back at August 1969 and the murders of all those people, those involved in the murders, wrote in blood, "Pigs" and "HELTER SKELTER" on the walls of both crime scenes. Charlie claimed to have been inspired by the Beatles' White Album, particularly 'Piggies' and 'Helter Skelter' tracks. He explained that the murders were supposed to look racially motivated by the black people to start a race war of blacks against whites. Having been on the bottom for so long, it was "Blackie's turn to be on top", he said. Somebody was definitely looking out for Dennis Wilson that he got away from them when he did.
Now, I'm going to scoot over to week 27 and see what's in store with Bonnie's week on The Wilson's.