Rolling Stones will play in Cuba


Poster for Rolling Stones concert in Cuba

From the site of the band The Rolling Stones:

1 March 2016

The Rolling Stones announce free concert in Cuba!

The Rolling Stones will perform a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday March 25, 2016. The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band. Always exploring new horizons and true pioneers of rock, the Stones, who have toured every corner of the globe, will bring their high octane performance and incredible music catalogue to the Caribbean for the first time ever.

This once-in-a-lifetime concert event follows the band’s America Latina Ole tour, which is currently receiving rave reviews, playing to huge audiences in stadiums in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre with Lima, Bogotá and Mexico City following next week. The band are also leading a musician to musician initiative in which much needed musical instruments and equipment are being donated by major suppliers for the benefit of Cuban musicians of all genres. …

The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.”

This historical concert will no doubt have Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood mesmerizing a new audience of fans with a set packed full of classic Stones hits as well as special gems from their million selling albums.

The Rolling Stones concert, which has been in the planning stages for several months comes only days after President Barack Obama’s recently announced visit to Cuba.

This entire event is being made possible by the benefaction of Fundashon Bon Intenshon on behalf of the island of Curaçao. Fundashon Bon Intenshon initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty.

It is being promoted by AEG’s Concerts West and Musica Punto Zero who extend their gratitude for the support provided by the Institute of Cuban Music in bringing this event to the people of Cuba.

The Rolling Stones “Concert for Amity” will be filmed and produced by award winning production company JA Digital with Paul Dugdale directing and Simon Fisher and Sam Bridger as producers. Julie Jakobek of JA Digital said: “It’s a great honour to be working with the Rolling Stones again on this hugely exciting and historic event”.

This Cuban TV video, in Spanish, is about Mick Jagger visiting Cuba in October 2015 to prepare the concert.

Muslim girl likes rock concert, photo


Muslim girl at rock concert, photo by Jan Rijk

This photo by Dutch photographer Jan Rijk shows a 17-year-old Turkish Dutch Muslim girl, crowd surfing at a rock concert by the band John Coffey, on 19 December 2015.

This video shows part of that 19 December gig, in concert hall Gebroeders De Nobel in Leiden. Various people in the audience start crowd surfing. At about 0:45, the Muslim girl starts.

Translated from Vincent Frequin at Dichtbij.nl in the Netherlands, 22 December 2015:

LEIDEN – The photo of a Muslim girl crowd surfing at a concert in Leiden goes all over the internet. Photographer Jan Rijk: “It is moving to see that after all the misery of recent times yet there also can be tolerance. Music is obviously the way!”

During the concert of John Coffey in venue Gebr. De Nobel in Leiden the concert photographer Jan Rijk was moved by seeing two girls with headscarves on who turned out to be big fans of the Dutch rock band. “Then a little later one went crowd surfing, and I just had to capture this,” said Rijk.

Photo of integration and tolerance goes viral …

The girl in the picture would prefer not to generate too much fame for her person, but she would be happy if the photograph could bring about a change in the stereotype of ‘the Muslim‘, particularly at this time of hatred and destruction, she told Dichtbij.nl. “I also hope to have an effect on the Muslim community, because I know that there are more Muslim girls who also enjoy such music, but do not talk about it or are not allowed to go to the concerts by their parents.”

“I think my father will find this photo funny, but my mom will get really mad if she sees this, haha,” laughs the Muslim woman. She is proud and pleased with the beautiful picture. “Let’s hope that this, however unexpectedly, will be good for something and that this will lead to something positive!”

Muslim women at John Coffey concert

A comment by Walter Hoogerbeets under the article says (translated):

Funny, an angry tweet by [Dutch xenophobic politician Geert] Wilders on the day that the picture of a crowd surfing Muslim woman went viral. While he hates, we celebrate.

Rock singer Lemmy of Motörhead ‘killed by death’


This 2010 live music video is called Motörhead and Girlschool ~ Please Don’t Touch.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Motörhead star Lemmy dies after cancer news

Wednesday 30th December 2015

THE WORLD of heavy metal was plunged into mourning yesterday by the news of rock legend Lemmy’s death just days after his 70th birthday.

The Motörhead founder, real name Ian Kilmister, died at his Los Angeles flat on Monday, two days after being diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer.

Born on Christmas Eve 1945, Lemmy once said he remembered when there was no such thing as rock and roll.

He played with the Rocking Vickers, Sam Gopal and Hawkwind — and briefly worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix — before forming Motörhead, the band that would make him famous, in 1975.

Though he was notorious for wearing a German Iron Cross medal and having a collection of nazi memorabilia, Lemmy held strongly anti-authoritarian views.

Last month he lamented the injustice of former bandmate Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor’s death while the likes of George W Bush lived on.

Motörhead rock singer Lemmy dies


This music video is called Motörhead Live – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith.

From Reuters news agency:

Motorhead Frontman ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister Dead At 70

Lemmy was famous for always turning his amplifiers up to the maximum and for his anthems to hellraising such as Motorhead’s classic “Ace of Spades.”

12/28/2015 09:13 pm ET | Updated 8 hours ago

Dec 28 – Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the hard-living, hell-raising frontman for British heavy metal band Motorhead, has died at age 70 after recently being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, the band said on its Facebook page on Monday.

On stage with Motorhead, the bassist and vocalist was famed for turning his amplifiers up to the max, and tilting his face, dotted with moles and framed by muttonchops, up to the sky. He growled into his raised microphone with a throat he said he fed for decades with a bottle a day of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

“You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools, but that’s the way I like it baby, I don’t wanna live forever,” went his signature song, the 1980s anthem “Ace of Spades.”

This live music video is called Motörhead – Ace Of Spades.

Limp Bizkit rock illegal in Ukraine


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 October 2009

Music video by Limp Bizkit performing Break Stuff.

After the Ukrainian government banned BBC and other journalists … after their theft of Dutch 17th century paintings … after their witch-hunt of a classical music piano player … now this.

From deathandtaxesmag.com in the USA:

Ukraine government bans Fred Durst from entering country for five years

by Joe Veix / December 21, 2015

Limp Bizkit singer and nu metal prince of darkness Fred Durst has reportedly been banned from Ukraine for five years. At least, that is, according to various Ukraine news outlets. Like a chump, heyyy, like a chump, heyyy…

So far two outlets have confirmed the news — both Apostrof and Interfax — but haven’t gone into much detail about why. Apostrof confirmed that according to the country’s national security service, the ban came “in the interests of guaranteeing the security of our state.”

The move came after the singer allegedly expressed interest in purchasing property in Crimea back in October, presumably for the nookie. Either that, or they just really fucking hate nu metal.

British Rock against Racism and photography


This 2013 video from Britain is called Archive in Focus: Syd Shelton, Rock against Racism.

By Bob Oram in Britain:

Rock-steady

Monday 30th October 2015

Syd Shelton’s photographs are a great record of how ‘70s music helped black and white youth stand their ground against racism, says BOB ORAM

Rock Against Racism
by Syd Shelton
(Autograph, £30)

NEXT year marks the 40th anniversary of a heavily intoxicated Eric Clapton blurting out racist crap on stage at the Birmingham Odeon.

“Britain is overcrowded,” he said. “Enoch will stop it and send them all back.”

Music’s response was immediate. Rock Against Racism (RAR), a collective of artists and political activists, came together for the next five years to fight fascism, racism and the rise of the National Front through music.

Syd Shelton, a British photographer and graphic designer, chronicled a unique visual record of its activities and a country gripped in racial and political tension.

This glorious book is a sumptuous collection of his photographs, work he says was a “socialist act,” and a “graphic argument” on behalf of marginalised lives.

From 1976 to ’81 the insubordinate, angry spirit of punk meshed with a rising generation of alienated black youth to find that they both had “no future in England’s dreaming.”

This video is called Rock Against Racism-Nazis Are No Fun Pt1.

And these videos are the sequels.

As Paul Gilroy says in a thoughtful essay accompanying the book: “It is essential that readers who are encountering these images for the first time appreciate how exciting it was to see them at the time they appeared.”

Anyone who lived through that period recognises how life-changing politically infused and committed art can be.

One of the highlights of the era was the April ’78 all-day concert in London’s Victoria headlined by the Clash, which drew thousands from all over the country to march to Victoria Park. RAR publication Temporary Hoarding described it as: “A park full of unity. Right in the middle of depressed, despondent, broke little Britain. Bands playing for free. The pinks and browns melt in sound.”

This music video from Britain says about itself:

Poly Styrene with Helsinki: Oh Bondage, Up Yours : Love Music Hate Racism

2 May 2008

Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex performs Oh Bondage, Up Yours! live at the Love Music Hate Racism Carnival in Victoria Park, London E3 on Sunday 27th April 2008.

Poly was one of a number of special guests appearing with Drew McConnell’s Helsinki. Also appearing were Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69, Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots, Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers and Ed Larrikin, formerly of Larrikin Love.

Poly Styrene appeared with X-Ray Spex at the original Rock Against Racism Carnival in Victoria Park in 1978.

The Bob Oram article continues:

The stunning pictures of the concert —including performances by Misty in Roots, Tom Robinson Band, Aswad, Angelic Upstarts, The Beat, Matumbi, Elvis Costello, Steel Pulse, The Members, X Ray Spex, the Specials and Sham 69 — are counterpoised alongside powerful, intense images of people in Belfast and on the streets in Britain.

They contextualise what was an important moment in our nation’s understanding and history of race relations.

The clarity and directness of RAR’s trademark Love Music, Hate Racism slogan did more than anything else at that time to stop the possibility of any real connection between youth culture and racism and ultra-nationalism in its tracks.

As cultural commentator David Widgery said: “The great thing about RAR was its way of having a revolution without stopping the party.”

Even Cromer joined in the fun when The Ruts on the Militant Entertainment tour descended on the sedate Norfolk seaside town. The image of a punk girl lying on the stage of the West Runton Pavilion was a one-shot moment that Shelton recalls with pride, marking him put as someone who captured “stills from life” not “still life.”

As with all Shelton’s work, the mind wonders what is happening behind the image or just out of sight.

The brilliant picture of Joe Strummer on stage messing around with Paul Simonon’s bass guitar indeed raises more questions than it answers and among the 100 images included are two which at first look like one picture but are actually two bomb sites in which children are playing — one in London’s Brick Lane and one in Belfast.

With images as well from the pages of Temporary Hoarding and concert fliers and posters, this is a truly wonderful treasure trove that needs to be seen by everyone agitating and organising with imagination and passion today.

A perfect seasonal gift.

A free exhibition of Syd Shelton’s RAR photography runs at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London EC2 until December 5.

Loved the music, hated the bigots. Forty years ago this summer, when Rock Against Racism was born, photographer Syd Shelton was there to record it. As his new show opens, he explains how a musical youth movement stemmed the rising tide of prejudice: here.

Pro-refugee rock music in England


This music video on an Iraqi rock band is called Acrassicauda – “Garden of Stones” Vice Records.

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Festival’s heavy sound of solidarity with refugees

Monday 23rd November 2015

A HEAVY metal gig in solidarity with refugees is to be held in Leicester as part of the city’s human rights arts and film festival.

Metal for Refugees will showcase local bands Urethra Franklin and Ubiquitous in the fundraiser for refugee charity Leicester City of Sanctuary.

Event organiser Nerissa Fields said: “The Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda, which formed in 2001, received death threats after the Iraq regime change.

“The band fled first to Syria and then to Turkey before being granted refugee status in the US.

“One of the most important aspects of metal, as with all musical genres, is being able to express yourself and having the freedom to do so without prejudice.

“It is a human right to be able to play the music you want to play.”

The gig at the Pi Bar on Friday December 4 starts at 8pm.

Video shot by the Turkish coast guard appears to show a man on a Greek coast guard ship attempting to sink an inflatable raft full of Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea. Reuters reports the video was shot on November 12: here.