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OCT 18, 2012 - Bubba and the Boss were rockin' Ohio for President Barack Obama today, and totally rocked the crowd. People are calling it "epic". Bruce told the crowd, "Voting matters, elections matter." He had said months ago he wasn't going to play any music at any rallies this year, but Bruce felt compelled to get out there, so he grabbed his acoustic and headed to Ohio. Watch the YouTube videos from 5portsCenter below, and read more about the whole event on RS here.
OCT 18, 2012 - Activist musician Jack Johnson, who helped out with Farm Aid 2012, is hooking up with Waterkeeper Alliance and sharing stories of clean water through video. He talks of surfing with his dad to taking his children to waterways and the importance of the waterway being clean and healthy. In a press release Jack said, “Some of the earliest memories I have are these abstract things of being on the front of my dads surfboard - and one time pulling into a little bit of a tube. Water has been part of my life since the beginning. Its everything on the spectrum from a place my family goes to enjoy themselves, I take the kids there everyday, we go down and play in the water - its sort of meeting place for the families in our community. And that way, it kind of becomes the closest thing we have to a church - its a spiritual thing. The Waterkeeper Alliance is an amazing organization because you can get involved on your local level and you realize your making a change for good around the whole nation. All rives flow to the oceans.”
Check out the video below of Jack singing a song for clean water, and to find out more and get involved, check out the Waterkeeper Alliance's website here.
Also, check out the other videos he made:
JACK JOHNSON’S CLEAN WATER STORY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AcCVcB3PRg
JACK JOHNSON TALKS ABOUT WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLx8H1tnpkc&feature=relmfu
OCT 15, 2012 - One of the longest running bands ever, The Rolling Stones, just released a studio track that dabbles into "politics" in a way, and actually sounds pretty good. Keith Richards has come out with another great riff, and the whole band seems energized and the tune really rocks. The song is called "Gloom and Doom" and I came away after listening to it that they are alluding to conservatives in Europe and America that are crying "gloom and doom" unless we eviscerate entitlements. Mick has still got it, and sings about the economic hardships everybody is facing, and seems to break it down to a common way of looking at it and singing about getting a headache over it all.
In a pretty cool "lyric" video for "Gloom and Doom" they just released (watch below) they fight back at the conservative's claim that "entitlements are making us broke", by pointing out that unfunded billions have been spent on unnecessary wars singing, "Lost all that treasure in an overseas war, it just goes to show you don't get what you paid for." Then Mick and the boys take a swipe at the 1% singing, "Battle to the rich and you worry about the poor." In the third verse they even sing out against FRACKING saying, "Fracking deep for, but there's nothing in the sump!" Check out the new video below.
OCT 13, 2012 - In an attempt to show balance here at JTMP, I wanted to list the conservative musicians that have come out in support of Mitt Romney, although it seems very short to when compared to Obama. On Romney's site, he starts out with "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Frontman" endorsing him, that being Ronnie's little brother Johnny Van Zandt; but the rest of the musicians in Lynyrd Skynyrd are Obama supporters (and some think Ronnie would be supporting Obama if still alive). Gene Simmons of Kiss has come out vocally in support of Romney, and Kid Rock played at a rally, and one of his songs is used at Romney rallies frequently. Trace Adkins, who is frequently very active in issues and politics, has thrown his support behind Governor Romney; and of course the crazy nutbag Ted Nugent has "endorsed" Romney.
That's about it, I could only find 5. There may be lesser-known musicians who have come out in support, but as for anybody recognizable I can find only a handful while the list of Obama musician supporters probably number in the hundreds. To read the entire "celebrity list" that endorse Mitt Romney, visit Romney's campaign website here.
OCT 13, 2012 - Bruce Springsteen had said earlier that he will not be playing music at any Obama rallies this year, but the Obama campaign has announced he has changed his mind and will play a Pima, Ohio event with VP Joe Biden. JTMP will post any video when it comes out, for now here is Bruce campaigning for Obama in Ohio back in 2008.
OCT 13, 2012 - Activist musician Miley Cyrus, has come out in support (well, we kind of knew it anyway) of President Barack Obama. She Tweeted a pic of herself with an Obama t-shirt. She is also involved with "Rock The Vote" and has urged her fans and everyone to register to vote and vote, and we totally agree! Many states have their registration still open, and some places like here in DC you can register on voting day. Make sure you VOTE!
OCT 13, 2012 - Activist musician Bruce Springsteen, known for his support of unions and the working man (or woman!), will be campaigning for President Barack Obama in Ohio where unemployment has plummeted due to President Barack Obama's bailout of the auto industry and stimulus funds helping middle class working folks out. He will surely be singing his working class anthem, "We Take Care of Our Own" which Obama uses at his rallies. Read more on NBC News.com here.
OCT 10, 2012 - Yekaterina Samutsevich, one member of the punk music activist band "Pussy Riot" that has been imprisoned for a free speech action at the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, was freed yesterday after she unexpectedly won her appeal. Her two other bandmates remain in prison, and JTMP calls for their release also. Some are saying that her changing her lawyers, whom supposedly Putin didn't like, had something to do with her release. Read more on WaPo here.
OCT 3, 2012 - We ran across this great video in support of gay marriage and acceptance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Check out the awesome and moving video and song below.
SEP 25, 2012 - Eddie Vedder played at an Obama fundraiser last week, and here are 2 clips. The first is from CorrineClement on YouTube of Eddie introducing the President, and then there is a performance of "Without You" on a ukulele from BackInTheRain. In the text of the Intro video it says:
"Eddie Vedder introduced President Barack Obama during a fundraiser at the home of Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Vedder spoke about his start as a security officer in San Diego, prior to forming the band Pearl Jam, where a government program gave him opportunities he otherwise wouldn't have had.
This video is posted by Corrine Clement, COO of ChoiceCenter Leadership University who asked the President on Thursday what advice he would have for people who want to achieve extraordinary results in life. His response: "First, you have to have a vision, but then its all about persistence. It's ALL about persistence. Persistence will have you achieve any goal to the end result.""