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Listen to a playlist based on the 15 Freedom Riders chart, part of the Freedom Principles essays in The Wire 370 – a survey looking at ideas of liberation in music and sound

Max Roach
We Insist! Freedom Now Suite

Percy Grainger
Free Music No 1

Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow

Hüsker Dü
In A Free Land
(New Alliance)

Hugh Mundell
Africa Must Be Free By 1983

Charlie Haden
Liberation Music Orchestra

Pharaoh Sanders
You’ve Got To Have Freedom

The Mothers Of Invention
Absolutely Free

The Sound Of Free Speech
(Small Wonder)

Ted Nugent
Free For All

At Last I Am Free

Doo-Dooettes with Keiji Haino & Rick Potts
Free Rock

Joe Harriott Quintet
Free Form
(Jazz Land)

Free Improvisation
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Gil Scott-Heron
Free Will
(Flying Dutchman)

Compiled by The Trawler