Edwin Starr’s War Song

June 2, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post


Edwin Starr, Singer of War, What is It Good For?

Edwin Starr (1942-2003) wrote the classic “War” (What is It Good For?) as a Vietnam War protest song.  Released in 1970 and the biggest hit of his career, the song cemented his reputation as a riveting soul artist.  According to Starr, who died in 2003 of a heart attack, this tour-de-force was recorded in one take because he’d been allocated so little studio time.   The lyrics ring just as true today, when combined with images from our modern-day Vietnam, the Iraq war.

Listen to Jimi Hendrix’s famous war protest song, a classic and fractured version of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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