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i know American Idiot was a visible, mainstream “protest album”, but god it was terrible. heavy handed and terrible. kinda disappointed in an article about punk/protest music with no mention of Rage (the video for Testify alone is necessary for any Bush-era protest music conversation) or Against Me! (not that later, corny Stop! song, more like Reinventing Axl Rose).

kinda disappointed, but not as disappointed as the inevitable flock of dudes who are gonna be posting in this thread bemoaning how liberal The Ringer is, and pretending like Grantland was some conservative or non-political paradise.

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