Tag: Rage Against the Machine

Politicians Don’t Listen To The Lyrics

The Republican ticket is picking campaign songs that – the artists who wrote them say – stand for everything the candidates don’t.

Posted in Politics and Elections, Music and Activism

Should I Play Or Should I Go?

If half of the states in our nation enacted legislation like Arizona’s SB1070, that could make principled touring a lot more challenging and costly.

Posted in Politics and Elections, Human Rights, Music and Activism

“Something must be done, about vengeance, a badge, and a gun”- Rage Against the Machine

When Zach De La Rocha wrote that line in 1992 it was pertinent; and as of June 15th of this year, it remains relevant. In Seattle, Washington a teenager who is younger than these lyrics, (“Know Your Enemy”,) was punched in the face by a police officer while intervening as her friend was being stopped…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Music and Activism

The Battle of Arizona

Rage Against the Machine front man Zach De La Rocha has organized a protest called Sound Strike that calls for artists to boycott playing in the state of Arizona. This of course is in retaliation to the recent immigration bill in Arizona that makes it a misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Music and Activism

Musicians Mobilize To Close Guantanamo

Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo within a year of taking office. He has four months to go. Until then, dozens of musicians – including Rage Against the Machine, R.E.M., Trent Reznor, Pearl Jam, the Roots, and Rise Against – are demanding to know whether their music was played at ear-splitting volume in order to…

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism

R.E.M., Pearl Jam Among Acts Filing FOIA Requests Regarding Gitmo Music Abuse

Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and the Roots are among a coalition of musical headliners pressing the government to find out if their music was used to coerce or punish prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to published news reports. “The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me,” said Rage…