DEC 2, 2012 - Sleater-Kinney, the alt-rock girl activist band that JTMP featured back in 2006 when we were just getting started, reunited at a Portland, Oregon Pearl Jam show last Friday night. This was the first time they had been together on stage live since 2006, and they jammed out to the Neil Young song "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World". Watch the YouTube video below. Make sure you check out JTMP"s YouTube Channel, and also check out JTMP's Facebook Page. Watch an early JTMP Voting PSA below that, with a clip of Sleater-Kinney asking the audience if people will be voting in the next election. JTMP hopes all our supporters are.
AUG 26, 2013 - Miley Cyrus has made waves following her very sexually suggestive "dance" with Robin Thicke on the VMA awards show last night, where she bent over and Thicke proceeded to "dance with her". Many celebrities thought it was inappropriate given that many young kids were watching, and this is not healthy for them to watch. Bill Maher Tweeted, "Watching VMAs. Haven't been to a strip club in a while, good to see nothing has changed." Many believe the radical haircut she got months back and this very lewd performance is her overcompensating in an attempt to distance herself from the wholesome look of Hannah Montana, and how she now wants to be a totally different artist centered around dance club music. Read more on this at NYDailyNews.com. What do you think of her and Thicke's performance? Leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook page.
OCT 28, 2012 - Mary Bridget Davies is currently singing as Janis Joplin in the "One Night With Janis Joplin" show, and JTMP caught up with her for an interview about Janis and the show. We wanted to get her feeling on Janis Joplin, and how she played a part in the culture of music and social revolution of the 1960s, and her activism, the interview is below.
JTMP asked Mary how she felt about Janis Joplin's influence on the 1960s social culture and revolution and she told us, "[Janis] definitely was one of the front runners, accidentally, for change and revolution. She was not super politically motivated, she wasn't out and rallying or anything like that but she was ingrained with mutual respect and equality. She grew up in Texas in a very, very strict oil refinery town, and there was racism everywhere; but she just wouldn't tolerate it. She was always preaching the message of equality and freedom in the arts. In Kris Kristofferson's song she literally sings about freedom. She was just a good human being and a good humanitarian, she wanted everyone to be equal, and she wanted everyone to express themselves." She added, "I really do think if she had lived longer and gotten more mature, because she was a very intellectual person, maybe she would have become a stronger voice. Not even just for women, but race issues were very important to her, she was very much about equality. With the music, the way she respected and revered all those other artists and strove to be like them, she wanted them to be just as equally treated as the males."
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(Photo credit: pussy-riot.livejournal.com)
FEB 27, 2012 - Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk musical activist band who stages illegal concerts and protests, often from rooftops, protesting issues such as women's rights in Russia and most recently the policies and re-election campaign of Prime Minister Putin. Wearing skimpy outfits even in cold weather and stylish balaclavas, they release Internet videos of their illegal concerts in public places. Recently they managed to stage a concert in strictly guarded Red Square, and were arrested. After being held for 5 hours, they were fined 500 rubles (about $17 US) and released. On their website they say, “We Believe That the Soviet Union's Aggressive Imperial Politics are Similar in many Ways to Putin's course. The way the State treats its Citizens hasn't changed much since the times of the USSR; there is still paternalist supervision and police control over people.” They add, “Some of us are anarchists, leftist Have some Liberal Positions. We would like horizontal political activity, self-organization and the capability to be aware of oneself as an equal participant in civil politics, to understand one's rights and fight for them to develop. Russian Society lacks tolerance and lenience.”
If you have Google Chrome, you can use the translator to check out their site here, where you can see pics of them staging one of their public protest concerts at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral which ruffled a lot of feathers. Check out one of their videos below.