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The Eyes of the World Are Watching Now: The Political Effectiveness of "Biko" by Peter Gabriel

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Abstract:

This paper explores various readings of "Biko" by Peter Gabriel in an attempt to understand the extraordinary political impact of the song. The song did more than simply act as a vehicle for reflecting Gabriel's thoughts and feelings: it brought about awareness and also challenged and ultimately changed people's lives. It is argued that "Biko" by Peter Gabriel is not simply a political rally song with an ability to facilitate "collective identity formation" (Eyerman and Jamison) but a protest song able to intersect with the political consciences of audience members.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760500504929

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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