By Scott Vanderpool

Ohio is possibly the greatest protest song of all time, written by Neil Young after he learned of the Ohio National Guard shooting 13 Vietnam War protesters, killing 4 of them and leaving one permanently paralyzed, on May 4th of 1970 at Kent State University. Neil had the song written, taught it to Crosby, Stills, and Nash, recorded, pressed into a single, and in the hands of radio disc jockeys all over America and the world by June. The song captured the outrage most Americans (perhaps even the draft-dodging Ted Nugent) felt over the incident, and was instrumental in turning the tide of public opinion and getting the U.S. Army out of Vietnam beginning in 1973.

The “B” side was another great protest song, Stephen Still’s Find The Cost Of Freedom.

3 people attending Kent State University that day were compelled to start bands and careers in music: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, and Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis of Devo.


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