“Hear Us Shout:” Music Celebrating Disability Pride and Liberation

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Steven E. Brown


Disability rights, Disability Culture, music


An exploration of a sampling of music about disability issues, primarily from musicians with disabilities.  The focus of the music discussed in this article is protest, power, oppression, and resilience.  References and websites for the musicians discussed are included when available.

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