Songwriter Praised For His Songs of Peace and Justice FEB 9, 2015 – While most of the world was caught up in the actual Grammy awards show, JTMP was keeping an eye on the part of Grammys most dear to us, MusiCares, the “charitable wing” of the Foundation and their “MusiCares Person of the Year Award”….
DEC 3, 2013 – USA Today has an article out today about how the French government has charged Bob Dylan with the crime of "incitement to hatred" because Bob somewhat "compared Croatians to Nazis", and lumped them all together with the evil of the Confederacy slavery, KKK and the Nazis in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. This is what Bob said, you be the judge:
"Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery — that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."
A Croatian group in France caught wind of the it eventually and filed a complaint against Dylan in French court. Bridgette Bardot has also faced many charges of "inciting hatred" in France for speaking her mind, and even though half my ancestry comes from France, I feel this goes too far and infringes on free speech. I am sure we will not see Bob in jail anytime soon though. Just like Bardot, Dylan will just be fined heavily. Bob has millions like Bardot and he will just pay the fine and move on. Comments? Start a conversation on our JTMP Facebook Page! (photo credit: Bob Dylan/CC)
AUG 28, 2013 – JTMP is all about music and activism, and we recognize how important the role music played in the March on Washington 50 years ago. One of the most well-known musical events was Peter, Paul and Mary singing their great folk activist protest songs; watch "If I Had a Hammer" below. Many great musicians were on hand that day such as the legendary and great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who goaded Martin Luther King Jr. into deviating from his prepared text at the March on Washington 50 years ago saying, "Tell them about the dream Martin!", setting up the historic moment. Other musicians present were Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Activist Dick Gregory later complained there were too many white musicians, and wished there was more diversity in the lineup. Nevertheless, music played as a soundtrack to history, and check out 8 great songs tied to the march from Mahalia Jackson to Odetta on USAToday.com here.
JAN 25, 2012 – Over 80 musicians spanning music styles and genres as well as age, have all come together to honor 50 years of Bob Dylan and his musical activism, and have teamed up with Amnesty International in an album called "Chimes of Freedom". Musicians include everyone from Miley Cyrus to Patti Smith, and from Joe Perry to Ziggy Marley.
Amnesty International says the album is dedicated to "people worldwide who are unjustly imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs." Check out a track from the album below, and read more at the Amnesty International website here.
NOV 30, 2011 – 80 activist musicians are all coming together to honor Bob Dylan and Amnesty International for their 50 years of work on protecting and supporting human and civil rights in an album called "Chimes of Freedom" to be released in January of 2012. From Patti Smith to Kris Kristofferson, and even lesser-known artists, a diverse group of musicians will all contribute to this project produced by by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta.
"This album is a powerful fusion of the music community's respect for Amnesty's life-affirming work and for Bob Dylan's enduring brilliance," said Ayeroff and Yannatta. "We are proud to have worked with Amnesty to produce this remarkable project."
On Amnesty International's website they say, "Through Chimes of Freedom, Amnesty International seeks to enlist support for its fight against censorship and attacks on free speech — whether involving artists, writers, musicians, political activists or bloggers. In this campaign, Amnesty is fighting for people such as the imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in China, a scholar and human rights defender imprisoned since 2009 for writing about corruption and criticizing China's political system. In addition to purchasing the album at " To learn more go to AI's website by clicking here.