Resistance Tunes

The Story Behind One Of The Iconic Protest Songs

By Danny Hajek Morning Edition / NPR (2/20/19) It was February 1967, and 18-year-old Marine private first class Bill Ehrhart was days away from leaving for Vietnam. He had just enjoyed his last weekend off-base, and his friends had offered to drive him back to Camp Pendleton, Calif., before sunrise. “It was goodbye civilian world, next stop Vietnam,” says Ehrhart, now a writer and poet. “These were not friendly neighborhood cops in a blue uniform. These were patrolmen with helmets and great big jackboots and billy clubs. It was kind of a scary scene in the midst of all that…

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Love Me, I’m A Liberal

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (2/11/19) As we see over and over again, well-intentioned mainstream liberals have rubbery spines. Yes, they want change … but not too much change. Sure they want to see more healthcare, but ‘Medicare 4 All’? Um, well, we can’t ask for that, the insrance companies will never go along with something that radical. Besides, they caution, the republicans would never let us have that so we need to be “practical”, “cautious” and settle for “incremental improvements” … and to hell with those who still won’t have access to healthcare after all that….

The Politics Of Truth In The Relentless Rap Of ‘Immortal Technique’

By Maggie Freleng Latino USA (1/13/19) Felipe Coronel, aka Immortal Technique, is a legendary underground hip-hop artist, known for his skills on the mic as well as his raw, highly political lyrics. His family immigrated to Harlem from Peru when he was a toddler to escape armed conflict and economic instability in Peru. He grew up in Harlem during the 80s and 90s during a time that was notoriously rough in New York City. Technique says because of the way he grew up, he harbored a lot of rage and eventually, that rage led him to prison. He was incarcerated…

No Time For Weakness: A Song In Honor Or Civil Rights Hero Rep. John Lewis

  By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (6/27/18) We were pretty well done in even before the Kennedy news; after it, we went seeking solace. A few hours earlier, the indefatigable John Lewis, who has lived his principles through fire and brimstone, sent out a flare. “Do not get lost in a sea of despair,” he wrote. “Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” Last month in a commencement speech…

“The King” Director Eugene Jarecki: Elvis Presley’s Rise & Fall Is A Metaphor For America Today

  Our democracy has been hijacked by capitalism. Democracy Now! (6/25/18) To understand America in the age of Trump, prize-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki says to look no further than the checkered history of Elvis Presley. Jarecki’s new documentary “The King” opens in New York City this week. It follows the filmmaker as he drives Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce across the United States in an attempt to understand what has happened to America in the age of Trump. “The American dream … wasn’t for anybody if you weren’t a white man,” Jarecki said. “We got here because this nation…

Bruce Springsteen Slams Trump’s Blasphemous Border Child Kidnap Program

  American rock musician and working class bard Bruce Springsteen has been playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway for the past eight months. Given the brutal ICE and Border Patrol child kidnapping program along the southwest border, Springsteen went off script last Tuesday to send out a message to America. The singer suggests ‘senior’ government figures blasphemed by suggesting they had some kind of moral — even Biblical — duty to break up families:   “I never believed that people come to my shows, or rock shows to be told anything. But I do believe that they come to be…

Folksinging Activist Pete Seeger Was Born 99 Years Ago Today

  “And there’s a wonderful parable in the New Testament: The sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousandfold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?” — Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)

As Republicans Gear Up To Gut Social Security To Fund Massive Tax Cuts For The Wealthy, Here’s What Life Was Like Before Earned Benefits

Red House Records Boise Song Talk (10/14/12) Rosalie Sorrels reads the chapter “Social Security” from her mother Nancy Stringfellow’s memoir, “Report from Grimes Creek after a Hard Winter”. This is an excerpt from the full interview with Rosalie Sorrels and James Coberly Smith in the Boise Song Talk series. Link to 6-Minute Video Rosalie Sorrels Talks About Health Insurance & Death: 6-Minute Video

Neil Young Releases Resistance Anthem For Our Fourth Of July

Stand up for what you believe, Resist the powers that be. Preserve the land and seas For the Children of destiny.   By Mary Papenfuss The HuffPost (7/1/17) Just in time for the Fourth of July Canadian rocker Neil Young has released a surprise patriotic “resistance” anthem and music video, urging listeners to “stand up for what you believe, resist the powers that be.” The video for “Children of Destiny” (“preserve the land and save the seas for the children of destiny”) intersperses scenes of idyllic American summers with picnics, flags, fighter jets and Fourth of July parades with stunning photos…

Todd Rundgren’s ‘Tin Foil Hat’ Song A Timely Highlight

From Todd Rundgren’s new album “White Knight”, with back-up from 70’s peers Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall and Donald Fagen. The album includes a smooth Donald Trump parody “Tin Foil Hat”, co-written with Fagen, which Rolling Stone describes as a “a timely highlight”. He’s coming down the escalator With a girl from east of here He wants to make the country greater We’ve got nothing left to fear Because the man in the tin foil hat Is sitting on the throne tonight It kinda feels like coup de tat But it’s gonna be great, tremendous, amazing and all that ‘Cause the…

An Anthem Of Defiance: A Call To Resist

 “I will face the man in the tallest tower.” The Commoner Call (1/20/17) Music has the power to heal and move and if ever there was a time for inspiring protest anthems this is it. Check out this new protest song, “I’m Gonna Walk It With You” by Brian Claflin and Ellie Grace. The rousing lyrics and singing style have echoes of traditional gospel protest yet the lyrics are powerfully crafted for the current crisis. “I will face the man in the tallest tower.” Indeed! Link to 3-Minute Video: Pre-release single available for download: