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Strange Fruit: the first great protest song

Billie Holiday's 1939 song about racist lynchings redefined popular music. In an extract from his history of protest songs, Dorian Lynskey explores the power of Strange Fruit
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    Billie entertaining the crowd!

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    "Ghost Dance" is the first release from Strange Fruit on their very own imprint, Counterfeit Fun Records. On this release they sculpt a dark, shadowy atmosphere, rich with 808 bass lines and thrilling synth sounds. This track is a monster that is sure to wake the dead and get them dancing. http://www.beatport.com/artist/strange-fruit/319498

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    Billie Holiday in concert in Britain, 1954. Her later performances of Strange Fruit could be agonising to watch. Photograph: Charles H Hewit...

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