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APR 17, 2013 - Rolling Stone has an interview of Roger Waters out, and in it he discusses that he is mulling over the possibility of ceasing his Israeli boycott stance, and has written a open letter to musicians saying that they should reconsider their Israeli boycott stance also. The Israeli Boycott by musicians is very popular, and is in response to the illegal settlements and the way Palestinians are treated by the IDF. Waters says that the illegal settlements are "an impregnable obstacle to peace", and he is "thinking all of this through extremely carefully" but he cares more about the outcome, which he hopes is peace in the region. He says he wants a "solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, and end to the occupation, security and right to lead a decent life for all citizens of Israel." Read more and see the video interview on RollingStone.com here. (photo credit: Eddie Berman/CC)
Garrett Walker is an activist-musician out of Nashville who plays great music, but also tries to be a good person. He says when he is not on stage he is out amongst the "homeless people singing songs". Check out a small excerpt of his "Profile" from his SoundCloud site below, and then under that check out a video of the great song called "My Father's Gun".
Garrett says, "I am an artist through and through. I am a left handed illustrator, designer that writes, creates and sings. I believe in God, Jesus and that the Holy Spirit stays with me every second of every day I live. I always make it a deliberate effort to do the right thing. I find myself helping others more than I should, especially when it comes to those less fortunate. A lot of times on a Friday and/or Saturday night, instead of finding me singing at a bar or event, I can be found sitting around a bunch of homeless people singing songs and just talking about life. I do my best to make sure others know that Jesus loves them, but I do not "Pound the Bible".
No one on this earth is better than I am, and I am no better than anyone else. I don't understand the term "illegal alien". We are ALL God's children and our land is not ours, it is GOD'S! Politics do not concern me, but you do. I may forget what you say or what you do, but I will never forget how you make me feel.
I am extremely sensitive, almost too sensitive. We can never take back a first impression, so I try to make mine a good one. I pray every day for others and my heart truly hurts for those in pain. I believe anger is a choice and that madness starts with sadness. I do write music, but have no songs about Pick-up Trucks, Tractors or my dog. I do have two songs about mama. (I am a Mama's Boy, and damned proud of it). I primarily write about what matters most. Ballplayers make way too much money, I hate guns, I cannot stand people that talk only about themselves." - Garrett Walker
Check out more of Garrett's music at his YouTube, Facebook and MySpace sites:
APR 11, 2013 - Kid Rock started getting involved in politics with Jon Stewart's "Restore Sanity" tour, and most recently stumped for the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney. He also did a PSA with Sean Penn in a "bipartisan" PSA. In a new Rolling Stone interview Kid Rock waded into politics again and commented on many of the recent state laws being passed by Republican state legislatures restricting rights and says, "That's one of the times I'm fucking embarrassed to be a Republican. It's fucking Republican lawmakers, you dumbasses." In response to the criticism he supported Mitt Romney he said, "People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion, especially in my business I'm like the fucking lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don't like the hardcore views on either side and I'm not in bed with anybody. I'd probably be more Libertarian, but I'm a firm believer you have to pick a side." (photo credit: CC/LuisValdespino)
APR 11, 2013 - In an AP interview by Chris Brummitt, Joan Baez speaks of activism, the Vietnam War, and of course the music. She went back to Hanoi, for the first time in over 40 years, when she went on a peace mission in 1972 to try and end the Vietnam War. She spoke of how she had to scurry to the bomb shelter in the government-run hotel, and it made her deal with her "own mortality". Joan Baez does a lot of activism at rallies, and usually shuns political events, but she did make an exception for Barack Obama in 2008; and commenting on the President she said, "In some ways I'm disappointed, but in some ways it was silly to expect more. If he had taken his brilliance, his eloquence, his toughness and not run for office he could have led a movement. Once he got in the Oval Office he couldn't do anything." (photo credit: CC/Ron Baker)
APR 9, 2013 - Russian musical-activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, from Pussy Riot, gave an interview to the Guardian UK and vowed to continue her activism and fight on. She is finishing her two-year sentence for "hooliganism" after performing a "can-Can" dance and anti-Putin song in the Russian Orthodox Church. Speaking in a phone interview from a Mordovia prison camp Nadezhda said, "the government wants us to recognise our guilt, which of course we won't do. I submitted the parole documents to show that they cannot break a person." (photo credit: CC/Igor Muhkin)
APR 4, 2013 - Yoko Ono is putting together a great lineup for this summer's Meltdown Festival in London. The Meltdown Festival is a collection of great artists who come together to celebrate life, art, music and activism. Yoko has asked Patti Smith, Boy George, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie and Immortal Technique so far. Many more artists are sure to get on board as the date approaches. For more information, check out the Meltdown Festival website here, and check out an EntertainmentWise.com article about it here. (Photo credit: Marceli Cataldi Cippolla/CC)
MAR 29, 2013 - JTMP is joining and supporting the calls for Reebok to drop rapper Rick Ross as a spokesperson because his new single talks about drugging and raping a woman. In the single he said, "Put molly [a drug] all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it." This is not only totally offensive and outrageous in general, but coming on the heels of the Steubenville rape case shows very bad taste. Sending the message to young people that it is okay to drug and sexually violate a woman is horrible, and he should be dropped as a Reebok spokesperson, and this single needs to be boycotted.
MAR 29, 2013 - I ran across this great quote from Jerry Garcia this morning. The Grateful Dead were big time musical-activists. At Earth Day, Bob Weir told me they used to pay for the gasoline for Greenpeace's boats way back on the 1970s. Here is the quote:
"If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously." - Jerry Garcia
More Jerry Garcia quotes here. (photo credit: Carl Lender/CC)
Today's featured activist-musician is Thollem McDonas. From SouthbendTribune:
"Activism and music have been a part of Thollem McDonas’ life for as long as he can remember. He gave his first music lesson at 13, and his activism started a few years later. “My activism started in high school,” the pianist, who performs Tuesday at Merrimans’
McDonas worked with the ecological club and started an animal rights group while in college. He became an anti-war activist in the run-up to and aftermath of the Persian Gulf War of the early 1990s. “It was natural for me that once (the war) got started to get into the streets,” McDonas says. “At the very least, I felt that I could not participate in society the way that it was."
Read more on SouthbendTribune.com here. (photo credit: Angela C. Villa/SouthbendTribune.com)
MAR 20, 2013 - Several Michelle Shocked shows have been canceled after the singer, who has been known to "speak her mind" in the past, went on an anti-gay tirade the other night. Fans are outraged, and the blogosphere has not been kind to her. She was actually somewhat of a "gay icon" at one time, but not anymore after this stunt. Even after she tried to distance herself from her remarks, it looks like she may have burned a bridge. Check out the juicy details at Queerty.com here, and start up a discussion and tell us how you feel about this on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page here. Abby Huntsman from HuffPo Live has a video on the story below. (photo credit: CC/RKeaton)