Real societal change is incredibly hard to make happen, especially when working towards tangible and enduring impact. Ramy Essan’s music fueled the Egyptian Revolution and has lately written songs that have made his home country unsafe for him. Dallas Goldtooth is a Native American activist, singer and comedian who was a leader and organizer at Standing Rock. Acclaimed graphic designer Bonnie Siegler’s book, Signs of Resistance, A Visual History of Protest in America is a rich compendium of some of the most effective and memorable art that shaped movements.
A country as big, complicated and evolving as the United States is challenging to understand, but journalists Deborah and James Fallows tried like hell to do so in a deep and trenchant way by traversing the country in a single engine plane. On their remarkable journey, they visited a myriad of small towns across the U.S., which became the national bestseller, Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America.
James & Deborah Fallows
The effects of music on our lives is hard to put into words, but Sarfraz Mansoor, who was born in Pakistan and raised in Thatcher era England, can tell you exactly what kind of impact one musician – Bruce Springsteen – had on his once wayward life. Mansoor’s book about The Boss, Greetings from Bury Park, was adapted into a film called Blinded by the Light, which was a breakout hit at Sundance 2019. Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman wanted to go beyond the album so he published his latest work as a podcast, creating a new hybrid of recording. Studio ChromaSonic is working to see how music and sound, interacting intentionally with light can happily and healthily mess with our minds.