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  •  About that peace thing, WTP (4.00)
    I got that old time protest feeling at my house last night.  Unexpectedly, I just sat and stared at the TV for two solid hours watching PBS's new popumentary- Get Up Stand Up: The Story of Pop & Protest.

    Chuck D from Public Enemy was the narrator, which is cool on so many levels. Straight from Compton analyzed in the evolution of political speech? That just gave me chills. They covered everything from Leadbelly to Nina Simone, from Woody Guthrie to Bruuuuuccce.

    Geldof talking about adapting to gen-x political disengagement, then Sir Bob trading theories with Bono about methods of modern political activism was fascinating. It's all part of the same song, after all, and I'm just refreshed after sitting through their narrative.

    How many protesters out there on Saturday, do you think, remember John and Yoko's bed protest? They might recognize the pictures, but the foundation for it? Lennon's matter of fact explanation about their strategy still resonates- that they were going to get the press inches anyway for their popstar wedding, so they decided to use that space as a "commercial for peace".  Absolutely a masterful use of modern media.  

    Listening to the music was so amazing- you forget sometimes why it's so critically related to activism and political change. A protest lasts for a couple hours and that's great, but a song about freedom or justice lasts forever. Stick THAT in your virtual pipes and smoke it, all you pouty blogger boys!

    Today's selection (on a scratchy cassette tape recorded straight from radio in the 80s): Sun City


    South Africa Away to South Africa
    Got to say I ain't gonna play Sun City

    Chorus:
    I ain't gonna play Sun City
    I ain't gonna play Sun City
    (Everybody Say)
    I ain't gonna play Sun City
    (No baby)
    I ain't gonna play Sun City

    Relocation to phoney homelands
    Separation of families I can't understand
    Twenty three million can't vote 'cause they're black
    We're stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back I'm gonna say

    Out Government tell us "we're doing all we can"
    Constructive engagement is Ronald Reagan's plan
    Meanwhile people are dying and giving up hope
    This quiet diplomacy ain't nothing but a joke

    Chorus:

    It's time to accept resposibility
    Freedom is a priviledge nobody rides for free
    Look around the world baby it cannot be denied
    Why we're always on the wrong side

    Chorus:

    Boputhuswana is far away
    But we know it's in South Africa no matter what they say
    You can't buy me I don't care what you pay
    Don't ask me Sun City 'cause I ain't gonna play

    Chorus:

    Relocation to phoney homelands
    Separation of families I can't understand
    Twenty three million can't vote 'cause they're black
    We're stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back I'm gonna say

    Chorus:

    "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

    by histopresto on Thu Sep 29, 2005 at 08:55:13 AM PDT

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