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~ HOLLY NEAR AND RONNIE GILBERT ~ “Beloved Comrade / Two Good Arms”

“Ferdinando Nicola Sacco (April 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartlomeo Vanzetti (June 11 1888 – August 23, 1927) were “anarchists” who were convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree Massachusetts. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals, the two Italian immigrants were executed on August 23, 1927.”

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“As through this world you travel, you’ll meet some funny men;

Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel, yes, as through your life you roam,

You won’t never see an outlaw drive a family from their home.”

We need to grow and nourish many more Pretty Boy Floyd’s. We know with a stroke of that fountain pen many have lost and will lose what they have. With that stroke of a pen a law will be off the books. With a stroke of a pen people will face deportation.  With a stroke of that pen or health insurance, or Social Security, our Medicare and other benefits that were guaranteed will be gone.  Here today gone tomorrow. No telling what these bastards will do.

Yes some say that the pen is mightier than the sword we say both can be very dangerous weapons in the hands of hateful people such as those that are to take center stage in January. We need to grow and nourish more Pretty Boy Floyd’s one who can stop these folks in their tracks, can take what they have and give it to those who need it. One thing is certain we have truth on our side even if they claim god on theirs. But hey wait, don’t some on our side claim the same? Who takes the high road and who takes the low road? As things get tough love just won’t be enough. Everything that we thought to hold dear will be questioned, things will be turned upside down, the low will be made lower than before and the cooked will remain crooked. Will we continue to sing, Some day peace will come as they crack us over the heads with their beating sticks? As they jail us? Deport us? Deny us? Oppose us? We do not need long winded essays by the liberal elite. We know their wrongs, we know them by who they flock together with. We know which side we are on.

We need to grow and nourish more Robin Hoods, more Pretty Boy Floyd’s we need to grow and nourish revolutionary people who will not take this bullshit sitting down.

Notes:

Floyd began robbing banks in Ohio with a group of gangster accomplices, and soon moved on to other territories. During his crime spree, bank insurance rates in Oklahoma were reported to have doubled. He became popular with the public by allegedly destroying mortgage papers at many of the banks he robbed, liberating many debt-ridden citizens. Known for sharing money he’d lifted with others, he was often protected by Oklahoma locals, who dubbed him “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills.”

In John Steinbeck‘s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, the character Ma Joad refers several times to Pretty Boy Floyd as a young man driven to a tragic fate by social injustice and the Great Depression.

For folks back in the day when many of us were fighting the powers that be and for many of us who are still fighting here are 4 versions of the song Love Me I’m A Liberal. We begin with Phil Ochs who wrote the original and we know as well as the next gal that among the many political persuasions the liberals are the most shady. Sometimes I look out and think that yes dear heart they have indeed taken over. The anti-establishment counter cultural establishment the liberals here in this neck of the woods, are saluted as they work their work.

So many  of our former gay revolutionaries and comrades call the president by his first name. That’s how cozy they want to be with those in power. We just look at them and think, now if that were a white GOP president doing the same thing, he would be damned to all tar-nation by the  liberal gays. Blowing in the wind like the snow outside my window.

Phil Ochs

Jello/Mojo

Kevin Devine

Evan Greer

This has got to be one of the more interesting pieces of music we have heard in a long time. Our hats are off to you Brian Foo for creating this piece of music.

Still of "Two Trains - Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway" by Brian Foo (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Two Trains-Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway explores as Mr. Foo says:

“The goal of this song is to emulate a ride on the New York City Subway‘s 2 Train through three boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. At any given time, the quantity and dynamics of the song’s instruments correspond to the median household income of that area. For example, as you pass through a wealthier area such as the Financial District, the instruments you hear in the song will increase in quantity, volume, and force. Stylistically, I want the song to exhibit the energy and orderly chaos of the NYC subway system itself.”

To listen to the song and to read more about this journey on the 2 Train see Brian Foo’s Two Trains-Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway. 

Woody sez will be playing at Theater Works, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford Ct. August 8 through September 14, 2014. This show was devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley and Carcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein. It is directed by Nick Corley. The show explores Woody Guthrie America’s original folk hero, who transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle for social protest and observation.

For more information: 860-527-7838 or check out Theater Works site at: http://www.theaterworkshartford.org.

Woody Sez

 

One of our postings about one of our favorite singers, song writers up front, out front people of all times would not be complete without a song. Since today it seems we are being overrun everywhere by nasty fascists let’s listen to Woody’s song, “All You Fascists Bound To Lose” and let us remember to work hard everywhere in americkkka and around the world where ever and when ever these fascists rear their ugly heads. They come in many shapes and forms, in many disguises so be on the look out read them like a book and remember as Woody Sez, “This machine kills fascists.” Get one.

 

You know we haven’t done our music of the week series of late so Emma Furbird Sr. said ” Why not give the folks a few songs that we like and want to push. Songs that we have published over the years that have helped to define us and our writings and some new ones that we wish to send out to our readers all around the world. Check them out.

Alistair Hulett The Internationale (1)

Rainbow Noise, Imma Homo (2)

Tom Morello-from the album Nightwatchman-Maximum Fire Power. (3)

Zebra Katz, Y I do (4)

The Coup,  The Guillotine (5)

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