taking back country music
responding to a question from prozac deathwish over on another thread reminded me of the great woody guthrie, who on top of being a hillbilly singer was an outspoken anti-fascist, union advocate, and sympathetic to socialism. we all learn "this land is your land" in school but those fuckers never teach us the verses about disregarding private property and hungry people in line at the relief office.
long before jackasses like toby keith came in and turned the whole goddamn industry into a steaming pile of republican, jingoist horseshit, country music had a very strong left hand. there are still a few, like kris kristofferson and guy clark, who keep the tradition alive, but i think we need to be reminded of it.
here's one of my all-time favorites from one of woody's radio broadcasts in the '40s, featuring the great sonny terry on harmonica and whoops and hollers, cisco houston on guitar and vocals, and pete seeger on banjo and vocals. FASCISM IN ALL ITS FORMS IS TO BE SKULL-FUCKED AND BURIED ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!
"I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright. . . . Or maybe 'stupid' is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I. . . . And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots."
--Hunter S. Thompson