DEC 2, 2012 - The greatest guitar player alive and currently playing (IMHO) Buddy Guy, along with Led Zeppelin, were honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this week and President Barack Obama was there citing the importance of arts in society saying, "[they] inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world. It's that unique power that makes the arts so important." JTMP supports keeping funding for the arts in this time of talks of "austerity", and ask our supporters to contact your elected representatives and tell them to defend funding for the arts. Read the AP story here. (photo credit: CC/Tom Beetz)
Watch the clip of Obama speaking below, and below that watch the Guitar Titan Buddy Guy play at the White House back in February of 2012.
DEC 2, 2012 - Musical Activist, Oxford scholar, soldier, helicopter pilot, actor, etc. Kris Kristofferson has released a new album called "Feeling Mortal" and seems to be facing life realistically, and facing the sunset of his life and said a a recent concert, "I've begun to soon descend, like the sun into the sea..." Read more on the Geneva concert on NBC News.com here.
DEC 2, 2012 - Jimi Hendrix, speaking in support of Americans refusing to take part in the illegal and immoral Vietnam War, dedicated a Stockholm concert in 1969 to the "American Deserters Society". Watch the video below.
DEC 3, 2012 - In response to the "It Gets Better" videos by President Barack Obama and the White House telling gay Americans to stay positive despite the discrimination and taunts, aides and White House staff made a video personally telling their stories of growing up gay, and coming out, and telling other gay Americans that it gets better. Watch below.
NOV 7, 2012 - After the American Constitution was followed, and free and fair elections were held, and the American People re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term, crazy man has-been musician Ted Nugent who had promised us he would either "be dead or in jail" if Obama is re-elected is neither at the local morgue nor incarcerated as of this morning, but he did spout vile garbage via his Twitter account attacking America and calling it's citizens "subhuman" and "soulless fools".
He also to me exposed finally once and for all what this Teabagger movement has always been about: Racism. The common thread that Teabaggers always spout off about is people "on welfare", sitting around watching Judge Judy all day, using their free cell phone from Obama to make an appointment to get free abortions as they drive around in their welfare queen mother Cadillac. Think I am wrong? Check out this Tweet fart from the insane mind of Nugent:
Most people know that when the word "pimp" is used by a white guy, 99.9% of the time they are referring to an African-American, and in a disparaging RACIST way. Also, I am pretty sure when he used the words "welfare brats" he wasn't talking about white kids scrambling around a cabin in Tennessee, but rather inner-city African-American kids. The next Tweet fart says:
There has been a concerted effort by the Teabaggers and the conservative movement to pin all our problems on inner-city African-Americans struggling to get by, and receiving help from the government in the thousands of dollars, yet ignoring the civilian defense contracting industry that sucks billions and billions of dollars out of our coffers which is the real reason we face deficit and debt problems, along with revenue intake being down as a a result of the Bush tax cuts for the rich and the rich not paying their fair share of taxes. This shows they are not worried about our finances, it is just simple racism, and it has been all along. That Twitter page of Ted Nugent shows me just a crazy, racist white guy freaking out that a black guy got RE-elected back to the White House, and he is shitting in his pants. If he wasn't a "musician" (has-been) he would be just another white racist spouting his racist nonsense on the Internet.
Ted Nugent...get over it, Obama won. Twice.
NOV 6, 2012 - If there was any moment JTMP exists for, it is today...Election Day, and the magic of our precious democracy in action where it does NOT come down to Super PAC money, but it comes down to an American citizen walking into a booth and exercising their right to vote. JTMP spends 2 years between election cycles registering voters, urging young people to get informed and involved, and raising awareness on progressive issues we think are important and of course cool, music-activist news. Now it all comes down to this. We urge ALL Americans, from any political persuasion, and if you live in a "swing state" or not, to Get Out The Vote today and exercise your precious right and civic duty that many people have struggled and even died for you to have. Please, grab a friend or family member, and head out to the polls today and VOTE. Bring a book, snacks and water, and even a chair if need be if the lines are long. Get In Line and Stay in Line. If you are in a voting line by the closing time, they must let you vote.
Don't be discouraged if you don't live in a "swing state", because local elections matter. Your state Governor is very important, because many times they appoint the state secretary (think Katherine Harris) who controls the state's elections. The state Governor in many states appoint the state supreme court justices. Your state representatives, delegate and state senators are also very important, for they pass state laws that affect you directly, remember the "Stand Your Ground" and voter suppression bills being passed in many states. Your city council member affects if the park across your street gets cleaned up and fixed up, and if your schools are functioning well. Also, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate at the federal level are very, very important...and may dictate on how effective the President can implement his policy (think obstructionism). The Senate is involved with appointing US Supreme Court Justices. Every vote is important, and every vote should be exercised and counted no matter where you live.
To start your day, and get more information on how to vote, information on issues and candidates, and where and how to vote, JTMP recommends you start at the Project Vote Smart Website, and then visit the US government election website to find your state's board of election website. In some places, like DC, you can register to vote and vote the same day. If your address has changed and you forgot to update your address, you can vote on a "special ballot" in some cases. Bring your lease, deed, IDs, utility bills, paycheck stub, bank statement, or something with your name and address on it, but don't be intimidated and make sure you vote. If you have tried everything and they aren't permitting you to vote, ask to vote provisionally or with a special ballot, and if your information checks out your vote will be counted later.
I will end with this: I call for increased funding for our elections. Including massive funding for 1,000s of "election centers" built in cities across our nation to handle the long lines and the movement to expand early voting. We should be making the process of voting EASIER (and quicker!), not harder.
NOV 6, 2012 - Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the long-running English heavy-metal rock band Motörhead, was backstage at an All-Star Tribute how and talking to Rolling Stone, and gave a lengthy interview on music and politics. He said today's music features "less and less talent and more and more gimmick", which I agree; too much computer and auto-tuning gimmicks. He also said, "I'm pretty fucking hard to impress", alluding to the abundance of mediocrity in the music field. Once again, I agree. The talk eventually went to the Chuck Berry interview last week when Chuck teared up recalling playing the segregated venues in the south, and RS asked him if he thought he would ever see an African-American as President in his lifetime.
Lemmy jumped into the Presidential election saying, "I would have said America wasn't ready for it. And I don't think they were, because they're trying to drag him down now. I mean, the poor fucker's only just gotten rid of all that George Bush shit that he left, or is trying to. And he's being stonewalled by the fucking Congress all the time. I don't know how he's gotten anything done. They should be glad. I mean the alternative is Mitt Romney. Please, please don't vote for Mitt Romney. Fuck him. Repeal abortion law is the first thing he'll do. Fucking monster."
Read the whole interview on RS here. (photo credit: CC/Mark Marek)
NOV 4, 2012 - Several musicians are helping out the Presidential nominees, from Kid Rock in everywhere for Romney, to Stevie Wonder in Ohio, Dave Matthews everywhere, and Pit Bull in Florida for Obama. Musicians tend to draw a few more people out, provide music to the crowd and help energize the base. Katy Perry has been using her concerts to rally support for Obama, even wearing skin tight ballots and "Forward" signs.
Fox and Friends claim conspiracy Behind "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" as "Rushed" and is Obama Re-Election Concert
NOV 2, 2012 - Fox and Friends complained about the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon concert that will be on the NBC Universal network tonight saying,"Where are the conservative musicians?" They also appeared to be hinting at a conspiracy by the Democrats and the Left as hypocrites because Kanye West attacked President George W. Bush's slow response to Hurricane Katrina. They also said the Katrina fundraiser was ten days after the hurricane, but this concert is only 3 days after, and is purposely being "rushed" as to be before the election and the concert can be a campaign rally for President Barack Obama.
First off, not all the musicians and artists have been announced, Secondly, there are only 5 conservative musicians (JTMP did a post on them last month) and who knows, maybe Kid Rock will make an appearance. Thirdly, the reason the Left is not attacking President Obama is because he is responding to the crisis quickly and efficiently, unlike Bush and Brownie. Watch the video from HuffPo of Fox and Friends losing their minds below, and tune in tonight to the NBC Universal network concert tonight, and please help out Americans in need.
Springsteen & Others Part Of "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" Telethon Concert Tomorrow On NBC Universal
NOV 1, 2012 - It has been announced that a bunch of musicians, from Springsteen to Jon Bon Jovi and many others, will be playing music and being a part of the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon concert tomorrow night on NBC Universal to raise funds for victims of the Hurricane/Storm Sandy. There are many people still with no food, no water, no electricity, and stranded. Many have had their whole lives disrupted and destroyed, so let's all join in and help our fellow Americans.
The concert will air tomorrow night at 8 PM EST on the NBC Universal network, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, SyFy and USA; and they say more networks may join the broadcast. For more information check out the NBC Universal Press release here. It will also stream LIVE on the Internet on NBC.com. Watch the Today Show announcement of the benefit telethon concert below.