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Thread #35136 Message #478768
Posted By: InOBU
07-Jun-01 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: Pinewoods - An evil Empire???
Subject: RE: Pinewoods - An evil Empire???
Thnaks Bart... Let's see where to start... Check out the words of my songs posted on mudcat, Marty, in fact, my social comentary over the years has pleased audiences from white working class bars, middle class festivals, and progresive groups. We have been heckled once for the song Amadou Diallo, which white middle class audiences find to be about racial blindness not a cop killer song. As to Joy saying singing aint enough... well, I was a civil rights lawyer and I can assure the day of making change incourt without a cultureal movement for change is not working. In the words of Arthur Kenoy, (said to me over a burbon in a bus termanal late one night almost ten years ago) the civil rights movement died in America the day we stopped singing.
As to the general ecconomics of the question... it has been an imperitive of the right to defund social change arts, the film The Cradle Will Rock, is not far from what is happening today and more so...
It is up to us who are struggling to carry the folk tradition into the present, as PEOPLE'S MUSIC with peoples concerns, to remind folk, that we are workers and need to get paid to work.
If that is controvercial, well shoot me.
All the best