United States musician Tom Morello interviewed

This video from the USA says about itself:

22 June 2016

Legendary guitarist and activist Tom Morello is interviewed by Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks. Tom discusses the new supergroup, Prophets of Rage, that includes Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, as well as Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B Real.

Tom Morello’s new song about Ferguson

From Green Left Weekly in Australia. about this music video:

Tom Morello debuts song for Ferguson

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Tom Morello, as his alter ego the Nightwatchman, performed a new cut called ‘Marching on Ferguson’ at the Jail Guitar Doors’ Rock Out! benefit concert September 5th at Los Angeles’ Ford Theatre,” Rolling Stone said on September 7.

The article said the bluesy track, which it called “scorching”, was inspired by murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. The town has been hit by sustained protests demanding justice.

Morello, who first found success as a ground-breaking guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, sings: “Carving up that golden calf with a blowtorch and gas mask, I’m marching on Ferguson, I’m marching tonight.”

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, setting off protests and demonstrations that lasted for weeks, testified for four hours in secret this past week, as a St. Louis County grand jury began its hearings on whether to return an indictment. All indications are that the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, a Democrat, is intent on using the grand jury as political cover for a decision he has already made not to prosecute Wilson, making the proceedings a sham: here.

Tom Morello against Paul Ryan

This music video from the USA says about itself:

Tom Morello’s Great Solos

Tom Morello was in Cuba with Audioslave.. .He was also great as always.

Mitt Romney is not the only United States Republican politician who is in trouble with musicians.

So is Romney’s running mate, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Tom Morello: Paul Ryan ‘Is The Embodiment Of The Machine Our Music Rages Against’

By Kia Makarechi

08/17/2012 8:03 am

Paul Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band, but the group’s guitarist isn’t returning the niceties. In a blistering op-ed published Thursday night on Rolling Stone‘s website, Tom Morello blasts Mitt Romney’s new VP choice as “the embodiment of the machine our music rages against.”

In painting Ryan as antithetical to progress, Morello compares the Congressman’s appreciation of RATM to Charles Manson‘s love for The Beatles and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s liking for Bruce Springsteen.

At the heart of Morello’s distaste for Ryan is “his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent.” He goes on to say Ryan has plenty of “rage,” but claims its “A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment.”

See also here.

ANALYSIS: Paul Ryan voted to add $6.8 trillion to the Federal Debt: here.

Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: “Though the war in El Salvador was just one chapter in history, Romney and Ryan’s relationship with that war may provide a snapshot into their worldview”: here.

Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan? Here.

22 protest song videos

This 2014 video is called Top 10 Protest Songs.

By Staff, Moyers & Co. in the USA [as usually on my blog, I added links; this time mainly to lyrics]:

A 21 Protest Song Salute

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:45

Singer and activist Tom Morello says it’s his job as a musician “to steel the backbone of people on the front lines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles.” Here’s a list of 21 songs that have done just that — from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power.

Submit your own song suggestions in the comments below. If you have protest songs of your own on YouTube, include links to them or tag them “moyersprotestsong.”

[Warning to parents and teachers: Some songs contain profanity. Also, Moyers & Company and Public Affairs Television do not endorse any advertisements or promotional links contained within the embedded videos.]

Which Side Are You On, Florence Reece (1931)

Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday (1939)

This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie (1940/1944)

We Shall Overcome, sung here by Joan Baez (traditional)

Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash (1955)

A Change is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke (1964)

Times They Are A-Changing, Bob Dylan (1964)

Compared to What? Les McCann and Eddie Harris (1969)

Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Give Peace A Chance, John Lennon (1969)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron (1970)

Ohio; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970/1974)

What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye (1971)

Get Up, Stand Up, Bob Marley (1973)

Zombie, Fela Kuti (1977)

F— tha Police, N.W.A (1988)

Fight the Power, Public Enemy (1989/1990)

The Ghost of Tom Joad, Bruce Springsteen, featuring Tom Morello (1995)

Clandestino, Manu Chao, (1998)

Sleep Now in the Fire, Rage Against the Machine (1999)

American Idiot, Green Day (2004)

Singing Solidarity: Video Song Collection: here.

Occupy Wall Street movement reviving

This video from the USA says about itself:

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, joined Occupy LA protesters on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, October 8. He performed a song from his 2011 solo album.

Spring Preview: Protesters Nationwide Occupy Corporations, Education. Allison Kilkenny, In These Times in the USA: “The past week has proven to be something of a resurgence for Occupy Wall Street with two major protests featuring thousands of activists unfolding in states across the country”: here.

During the #OccupyWallStreet protests, some police officers used excessive force against peaceful protesters: here.

NYPD Under Fire for Surveillance of Occupy Protesters: here.

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout in the USA: “Documents obtained by Truthout through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show a lack of clarity about DHS’s role in the surveillance and eviction of Occupy movements – within the agency itself…. The question of whether the Occupy movements are considered security threats and can therefore be surveilled by the agency is detailed in internal memos that show the developing strategy toward the Occupy movement, which DHS employees affirm is ‘constitutionally protected activity'”: here.

NYPD Infiltrated Liberal Political Groups, According To New Documents: here.

Occupy London not over: here.

The central squares of the great cities are alternately filled with protesters of one kind or another these days, from the Indignados of Madrid to the giant-killers of Tahrir Square: here.