June 6, 2013 – A new book called "The Riot Grrrl Collection" is out featuring artwork, manifestos, fanzines and fiction, and details the girl punk rock movement of the 1990s. Girls would hand out zines and fliers at punk rock music shows, and an underground feminist movement came into being, exchanging art and fiction commenting on the male dominated society. It gave rise to such groups as Sleater-Kinney, and even now we see their influence in the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot. Check out a few pics from the book and a great article by Evelyn McDonald about it on the LA Times Jacket Copy. (Picture: Carrie Brownstein/Credit: Eliah Hecht CC)
June 5, 2013 – The punk rock, activist "art collective" Pussy Riot is the focus of a new film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorvokin titled "Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer". The documentary explores what is really going on with the arrest and jailing of three women in Russia, who were merely exercising the right of free speech. The film has had great reviews and acceptance, and won a World Cinema Jury Prize from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a six-month journey into the lives of the three women, Nadya, Masha and Katia and their ordeal with the Russian justice system facing charges of "hooliganism" after performing a 40-second free speech action at the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. The church lobbied heavily with the Putin government to come down hard on the girls, and they all 3 ended up with prison time. Their predicament has garnered worldwide attention, and has sent shock waves reverberating through Russia.
Nadya has been freed on appeal, but the other two remain jailed. In fact, there is a new law unofficially called the "Pussy Riot Law" that just passed, that will make the penalties even stiffer if someone else tries this in the future. The new "Pussy Riot Law" calls for one year in jail and a fine of $300,000 rubles ($9,400 US) for "public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed with intent to offend the religious feelings of the faithful." If one does it in a house of worship, the penalties get even worse.
Check out an interview with the filmmakers on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the other night below (fast forward to end), the direct link is here. Also, check out the movie's website here to see the trailer and learn more about the film. Apparently Vladmir Putin likes Dire Straights, so we need to get Mark Knopfler to come out in support of the girls and say, "Free Pussy Riot!", and maybe Putin will pardon them. So Mark, please come out in support of freeing Pussy Riot!
June 3, 2013 – The Clearwater Festival, a music and activism 2-day event that works on cleaning up and protecting the Hudson River, is all set for June 14-15, 2013 with a great line up of activist-musicians. Read more on JTMP Green.(photo credit: Jim The Photographer on Flickr/CC)
NOV 30, 2011 – A group of activist musicians calling themselves "Music For Occupy" which includes Jackson Browne, Crosby and Nash, Third Eye Blind, Lucinda Williams, Devo and Zuccotti Park drummers and others are planning to release a benefit album called "Occupy This Album". Many other artists will contribute such as DJ Logic, Ladytron, Warren Haynes, Toots and the Maytals, Mike Limbaud, Aeroplane Pageant, Yo La Tengo and even Michael Moore.
Activist musician Jason Samel is putting it all together and hopes to raise $1 to $2 million dollars to help fuel the movement. Alliance for Global Justice will coordinate the proceeds, with about half going to Occupy Wall Street, and the other half to help out with specific causes and projects related to the Occupy movement. The album will be released digital only at first, but they haven't ruled out a physical CD release in the future. Graham Nash said in a statement, "The Occupy movement is really the voice of the people, it's an idea that's been a long time coming. I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich one percent".
On Jackson Browne's website it says their mission is to "inspire and celebrate through music the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% who've been adversely affected by the economic corruption that has permeated our Democracy, created a near insurmountable disparity in wealth, and hindered life, liberty and justice and the honest pursuit of an honest living for all. Music For Occupy is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, and all proceeds above board attained through the production and distribution of "Occupy This Album: A compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%" will go directly towards the need of sustaining this growing movement". Check JTMP regularly and we will let you know the moment it comes out and how you can get a copy.
Check out Third Eye Blind's contribution to the album, "If There Ever Was a Time" below.
Justice Through Music's director sits down with PRX, or Public Radio Exchange, and talks music, activism and politics. JTMP has supported musical activists around the world and is a voting rights advocate. We are heavily involved with the occupy movement that is sweeping the world, and check our website for daily musical activist news. Check out Public Radio Exchange for great news and information. Listen to the podcast interview below.
NOV 5, 2011 – David Crosby, a musical activist for over 50 years, briefly visited Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park yesterday. Perhaps like the song of his longtime bandmate Stephen Stills he was thinking, "Stop, Hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down!", and he wanted to see what was going down at Zuccotti Park with his own eyes. It looked like a show of support, and the word on the street says he hovered around the edge of the park near the drummers before venturing in and talking several of the peaceful Occupy activists. Check out some more pictures here, and watch him below playing with his bandmates Stills and Nash performing the Buffalo Springfield classic, "For What It's Worth".
OCT 28, 2011 – JTMP was at Occupy DC recently, and we got to catch a great activist musician known as David Rovics performing in Freedom Plaza. David is currently touring many Occupy cities and performing, and is a very active participant in the Occupy movement and music activism. Here is his song, "When the Dictator Ran Away" below in HD:
OCT 28, 2011 – Bette Midler was on the Joy Behar show and said about the Occupy activists that "It's a good thing." When the subject of the Zuccotti Park residents and their complaints of sanitation in the area she said they should, "Chip in and buy some toilets, they're cheap. Porta-potties are cheap." Then she (joked?) that she would pay for the porta-potties.
They both talked about how they grew up in the 60s protests and Bette said, "We did it all the time. It was something you did because you were a citizen and you had something to say and you wanted to support your point of view."
As far as people on the right who are attacking the activists and calling them "dirty hippies" she says, "It's like they have taken a page out of 1969. So old school. Folks, 50 years have passed, get a new line." Watch the video below.
OCT 27, 2011 – New York hip-hop artist MK-Ultra Emcee emailed JTMP with his activist protest music video called "Who's The Man", and after watching it we thought we should post it and have everyone check it out. He said he wants to show the many faces of the Occupy movement, and rapper Jasiri X whom JTMP posted about the other day makes an appearance in the video. MK-Ultra says on his Facebook page, "MK-ULTRA is a politically conscious and controversial emcee from New York City introducing a new strain of revolutionary Hip-Hop." Check out the music video below.