Activist-Musician Calls GOP Frontrunner “Pig-ignorant” JAN 20, 2016 – One of JTMP’s favorite musical-activist Roger Waters ripped into the current GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump in a Rolling Stone interview by Kory Grow, calling Trump “pig-ignorant” and saying, “he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society.” Read more on RS here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/roger-waters-on-donald-trump-he-is-pig-ignorant-20150915#ixzz3xnbvYZwh…
The decision by Rolling Stone Magazine to put Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on their magazine cover has created quite a stir. The first reactions were people didn't want to buy it, and thought they were glamorizing him and giving him publicity and notoriety, and they especially didn't like the picture being used. The "glamorous" and "flattering" picture of him before the bombing brought anger to many people in the Boston area and others affected by the bombing tragedy. Now, many retail outlets have decided to not sell the issue of Rolling Stone, and has pulled the issue from their stands. I abhor censorship, but I can see why people are upset. Some people are saying it is because the photo makes him appear like maybe any kid in America, and that is unsettling to many. He does not look like a mysterious, dark, foreign stranger in a faraway land; homegrown terrorists can live next door now.
In the latest twist to this stir a police photographer, Sgt. Sean Murphy, unofficially and against policy released very unflattering pictures of Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine when the suspect surrendered in that backyard after hiding in a boat. In the photos he is bloody and disheveled. The police sergeant may lose his job over it. What do you think? Head on over to our Justice Through Music Facebook Page and start a conversation!
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)
OCT 28, 2012 – Rolling Stone has an article out with an interview with the legendary Chuck Berry who remarks about how far our country has come from his childhood when it comes to racism, and how there is an African-American President. He also talks about his fading health that has been a concern for everyone who loves this Titan of Rock and Roll. (Photo credit: CC/Håkan Henriksson)
Here is an excerpt from the RS Article:
"At one point, Rolling Stone asked Berry how far the country has come since the days he played segregated venues throughout the South. Berry paused for a moment. "I never thought that a man with the qualities, features, and all that he has, [could] be our President," he said. "My dad said, 'You may not live to see that day,' and I believed him. I thank God that I have." Berry stopped for several seconds while his eyes welled up. "Excuse me," he said."
FEB 8, 2012 – Musician activist Boots Riley from the "radical" hip-hop group Coup, has been out in front with the Occupy Oakland movement. RS has a article out about him, here is an excerpt:
“Riley has been an activist since high school, when he spent a summer helping to organize migrant farm workers in central California. He says he was used to seeing twenty-five people show up at demonstrations, and in he past, he’s weighed his activism against what he might accomplish with his music, and generally chosen the music – so many more people could hear the message that way. "But with Occupy, I can’t use that same equation," Riley admits. "What we’re doing here gets a different message out, a stronger message out, to many more people than my music.””
Check out Boots Riley performing at Occupy Oakland below and read
the full article on Rolling Stone here. (Photo credit: Bankrobber1/Wiki)