We’re at the 47th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, one of the strangest events of my adolescence. I wasn’t politically aware at the time, but the news of killing four unarmed students on campus was unsettling to me, to say the least.
It inspired what The Guardian called “arguably the perfect protest song: moving, memorable and perfectly timed”, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio”.
I think what really makes that song work is that Young wasn’t trying to change the world with it, so much as vent his anger. He’s right that it was the best thing he ever did with the group. It’s still a moving piece of work after all these years.