JAN 8, 2013 - A group of artists have made a PSA for a new organization formed after the Newtown tragedy to try and help stop gun violence. The new organization is called "Demand A Plan" and demand our leaders find a way to stop gun violence that has been plaguing our country. Their 3 main demands are background checks for every gun purchase, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines; and finally they want to make it a federal crime to sell guns across state lines and go after "straw purchasers" that buy guns and then sell them illegally in another state. Watch the PSA below, and check out their website DemandAPlan.org to sign their petition that demands a plan from a leaders to lead us away from gun violence.
July 5, 2012 - Rocker Joe Walsh has come out in support of Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, and against the politician Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill) in the upcoming fall election. The rocker who rocked us out with the James Gang and also solo with songs like "Walk Away", came out and said "I'm the real Joe Walsh and I'm proud to back a real American success story, Tammy Duckworth" The rocker Joe Walsh had to send a cease and desist letter to the politician Joe Walsh's campaign in 2010 when they changed the words to his song "Walk Away" saying, “You’re not allowed to take someone’s song and change the lyrics. This is not to say you’re not allowed to write silly lyrics, you just have to write them to your own music. Now, I know why you used Joe’s music — it’s undoubtedly because it’s a lot better than any music you or your staff could have written. But that’s the point. Since Joe writes better songs than you do, the Copyright Act rewards him by letting him decide who gets to use the songs he writes.”
MAY 16, 2012 - I came across this video this morning, a young couple in Lawrence Kansas was walking with Jacob, their blind and autistic 8-year old son, and encountered a street musician playing "Midnight Special" and the most amazing thing happened. Jacob started to go up to the guitar and touch and feel the music. Watch the video below.
MAY 8, 2012 - Activist musician Jeff Murson from Champion, Ohio sent us a song he wrote back in 2008 about the housing market, and how he feels the 1% and the George W. Bush administration screwed millions of people out of their homes. He says about the song, "Give out 300 thousand dollar adjustable rate loans to kids making 7 dollars an hour at McDonalds knowing they can't pay it back. We'll get years of payments until it adjusts and then foreclose on their homes...LOL. Meanwhile, Bush's good ol' boys club turn their heads the other way *WINK -WINK; NOD-NOD; LOL* In summation - THE AMERICAN DREAM WAS DESTROYED BY GEORGE W BUSH AND HIS RICH BUDDIES ON WALL STREET!" Watch the video below.
MAR 30, 2012 - One of the freethinking musicians that will be playing at the Rock Beyond Belief event tomorrow March 31 at Fort Bragg, NC is Spoonboy, and JTMP got a chance to catch up with him and get his thoughts on the event. Below is the interview, and at the end there is a video of his song "What You Want" promoting Rock Beyond Belief. (Photo courtesy of Spoonboy)
JTMP: David thanks for doing the interview, we are Justice Through Music Project and musical activism is very important to us. Has activism always played a role in your music?
Spoonboy: I got into playing music around the same time as I became interested in activism. A lot of the bands I grew up on were political bands, and being exposed to music through the DC punk scene in the early 2000's meant necessarily being exposed to politics. All things in life have a political element. There are politics in how you choose to write and distribute your music. There are politics in what you choose to say with your music. So I try to acknowledge that in my music, while also always trying to write from a personal place, because I think politics should always come from a personal place as well.
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