My friend Tomas Doncker told me he was planning to go in the studio next Monday and record a cover of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understand” in support of peaceful protests in Ferguson, where he might also play.
A terrific song and you just know Doncker’s version is gonna be devastating and brilliant and it got me thinking of protest songs for the people of Ferguson. I have somewhat liberal friends who agree with the verdict but I don’t. In the end if the Police Force is 98% white and the population of Ferguson is 98% black, this is, to put it simply, apartheid. Ferguson was a travesty, they indict a tuna fish sandwich for having too much mayo in this country but they didn’t think a killing that caused a town to go up in flames was worth a closer look? that’s bullshit. whenever people are taking sides solely on racial grounds about a town in the South, history has taught us the whites are wrong.
But that isn’t this, this is suggestions for Ferguson protest album.
Fight The Power – Public Enemy – Spike Lee set the Bronx on fire to this tremendous and ultra-aggressive (and accurate) protest song. The beat is marshall and the call is completely unequivocal.
There’s A Riot Going On – Sly And The Family Stone – 0:00 minutes of silence
Stand – Sly And The Family Stone – peaceful self respect, almost folk funk… now that is nothing ever invented
Fuck the Police – NWA – Complete agitprop, no way round in, no way out.
Police And Thieves – Junior Marvin – Just to keep everything and everybody honest –remember, there is a thin line between rioting and looting.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke – Where you’ve been and where you’re going
American Skin (41 Shots) – Bruce Springsteen – Sage and sorry advice from Bruce, it might not save our brother in their conflicts with the police but it certainly won’t harm.
RESPECT – Aretha Franklin – The very least we can expect from those who are paid to protect us.
One Love/People get ready – Bob Marley – Two greats, Curtis Mayfield is the other of course, and this where we stop.
Miley makes it three at the top
better than you remember
it has been four years since her last long player
quickly get your music noticed
A fast rock & roll song performed with a retro punk vibe
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)
the final issue edited by Susan Whitall
hard rock meets classic rock meets Americana
Chuck D is at the Grammy Museum
On The Red Carpet For The Screening Of “The Beast Inside” At The Angelica Cinema, Sunday, January 29th, 2023: pictures by Billy Hess
a powerhouse performance by Sadie Katz and SohoJohnny as you never thought you’d see him