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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 Holiday • 1 year ago

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