United States country singer Merle Haggard dies

Merle Haggard

Today, United States country singer Merle Haggard has died.

This music video from the USA, of a song about the Iraq war, says about itself:

26 February 2009

Music video by Merle Haggard performing America First.

To remember him, I repost a 2007 blog post about him.

From Rocky Mountain News:

[US country singer Merle] Haggard, 69, talking to Rocky music writer Mark Brown from his home in Redding, Calif., continues to be the outlaw and renegade, a quality that has taken him to both jail and the top of the charts. …

*Your song America First came out against the war in Iraq without sounding unpatriotic.

“I think it’s pretty well agreed upon that I am an American.

My family history and my actions and my relatives who fought in previous wars, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam.

I’ve had grandchildren and brothers and cousins (serve).

I tried to get in but I was too young. I wound up going to jail for trying to get in the Army.

I think it’s a well-known fact that Merle Haggard is a red, white and blue American.

There are a lot of red, white and blue Americans who don’t believe in what we’re doing now, don’t believe we’re being told the truth.

We’re being told the truth after the fact because they get caught in their damn lies.

It’s a terrible time, politically, for America.

That Merle Haggard, during the Vietnam war seen as supporting that war, now opposes the Iraq war says quite something on George W. Bush.

Turkey’s Erdoğan, German parody, United States comment

This video from the USA says about itself:

Watch: The German Music Video That Has Turkey’s President Furious

3 April 2016

A crazy German music video caused controversy after calling Turkish president a Dictator!!! Also, is Donald J. Trump the American Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? Hasan Piker of The Young Turks and Turkish native breaks it down.

Turkish President Erdoğan’s censorship of satiric song

This video from the USA says about itself:

Turkish President Wants To Censor A German Video That Mocks Him

30 March 2016

The Turkish government has reportedly ordered the deletion from the internet of a German satirical video that pokes fun at President Recep Tayipp Erdoğan and condemns his human rights record.

Read more here.

Satiric music video on Turkish President Erdoğan

This music video from Germany, with Turkish subtitles, is the satirical song Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdoğan; about the right-wing president Erdoğan of Turkey.

In this version of the song, you can get English subtitles.

Erdoğan has tried to get this song banned in Germany and internationally.

Rolling Stones NOT ‘first Western rock concert’ in Cuba

This is a series of 14 music videos of rock band Manic Street Preachers from Wales playing live in Cuba.

On 25 March 2016, Dutch NOS TV wrote (translated) about the Rolling Stones concert that day in Cuba:

It will be the first Western rock concert ever held on the communist island.

That will really be ‘surprising’ to the Manic Street Preachers who have played in Cuba long before this.

Rolling Stone magazine from the USA writes this week:

It will mark the first time a British rock band has played the island

However, establishment media hardly ever want reality to get in the way of Cold War propaganda. Or maybe they think Wales is not part of the ‘Western’ world (NOS)? Or not part of Britain (Rolling Stone)? Rolling Stone itself used to know better in 2001.

NOS TV on 26 March 2016 did know a bit better mentioning that Audioslave, Diplo and Major Lazer had played in Cuba before the Stones.

This music video recorded in 2001 says about itself:

Manic Street Preachers – Rock and Roll Music (Live in Cuba).

From Al Jazeera on 24 March 2016:

US media outlets present the gig as the first world-renowned rock act to reach an isolated nation of some one million culture-starved Cubans. For Cuba-watcher James Early, this is typical “US-centric arrogance and chauvinism”.

Cubans are erudite and world-class in music, ballet and poetry, Early said.

“I don’t mean to detract from the Rolling Stones, which will be a great attraction for Cuba, but to suggest that somehow this is opening the curtain of universal culture for them is just way beyond the pale,” Early, a former Smithsonian Institution director, told Al Jazeera.

“It’s a very cultured country.”

Though human rights groups have big gripes about Cuba – from political prisoners to web blocking – the communist-run island has not sought to banish the music of foreign bands, including the Stones, since the early days of the revolution.

Former president Fidel Castro turned out to watch the Manic Street Preachers, a Welsh band, at the Teatro Karl Marx in 2001. In 1979, during a previous US-Cuba rapprochement, Kris Kristofferson and Billy Joel played the same venue.

A statue of John Lennon, the former Beatle and peacenik, was unveiled in a Havana park in 2000.

Rolling Stones setlist in Cuba

Rolling Stones arrived in Cuba

This video says about itself:

The Rolling Stones are coming to Cuba!

22 March 2016

Un mensaje de los Rolling Stones al pueblo Cubano, estamos muy felices de tocar para ustedes este viernes! #StonesCuba

A message from the Rolling Stones to the Cuban people, we are very happy to play for you this Friday! #‎Stonescuba

This 24 March 2016 video from Cuba is about the sound and lighting checks for the Rolling Stones concert. The band has arrived this night.