Watch Billy Porter perform 60s anthem at the Democratic Convention. #BroadwayforBiden

Tony-winning performer Billy Porter belted out Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” accompanied by its songwriter Stephen Sills, at the end of Day 1 of history’s first Virtual Democratic National Convention, shortly after Michelle Obama’s keynote address.

“Billy and I were first talking about this on the day that George Floyd died,” Sills told Variety. “He was throwing furniture around in his apartment, he was so angry.”

As Variety’s Jem Aswad points out: While the song was first inspired by the November 1966 riots on Sunset Strip in Hollywood — which started when police began enforcing a decades-old 10 p.m. curfew for people under the age of 18 — it quickly became an anthem for the counterculture in the late 1960s and beyond.

The song’s two catchiest phrases:

There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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