"An excellent and thorough work and a significant and important addition to our understanding of the role that folklore and popular culture play in shaping political events."
-Timothy Tangherlini, UCLA
"A monumental study addressing a sorely neglected aspect of one of the last century's most dramatic geopolitical upheavals. This book will stand, for years and even decades to come, as the standard, authoritative source on its topic."
-Kevin C. Karnes, Emory University
"The book features 112 songs connected to the Singing Revolution. . . . Smidchens explores the context of each song - both the events at which it was sung and the speeches that surrounded it - and delves into political science theory and music therapy to better understand how songs became powerful tools of protest."
"This engaging, well-researched book not only offers an account of the 'singing revolution' that took place in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the close of the Soviet era but also addresses the issue of whether, and how, nonviolent protest can result in a secure national identity. . . . Of value not only to musicologists but also to those pursuing Soviet and post-Soviet studies, peace studies, and political science."