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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tom Morello Rages Solo

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM

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As Dan just filled you all in on, with the help of some sobering statistics, this week is the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Awesome.

Along with all of the regular protesting happening to mark the occasion, last weekend, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (also known as the little nonprofit that weaseled its way into my heart and just won't get out) testified about their experiences fighting the war at an event called "Winter Soldier". If you're interested more in the political side of things, you can read more about it all here.

If you're interested in how Tom Morello got involved, read on.

Aside from being the well-known guitarist for everyone's favorite anarcho-frat band, Rage Against the Machine, Morello also has his own acoustic project, The Nightwatchman. And The Nightwatchman is very much in love with our young Veterans. Morello has been known to pull members of the organization up on stage at Coachella, sneak them into shows down in DC, and in fact, even convinced Sony to let little ol' me use one of his songs on my compilation CD in support of the nonprofit.

So when my co-producer, Riot-Folk's Ryan Harvey, took on organizing the night time entertainment for the Winter Soldier participants, he approached Morello. And Morello of course agreed.

What follows is a short clip of Morello covering Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" (he sang the real version, but this video only shows the verse we all know anyway), followed by a little motivational speaking and a lot of swearing. Based on the amount of fist pumping in the video's foreground, I'd say the Vets enjoyed it.

Just thought you guys might enjoy seeing this other side of the artist... Every time Johnny Utah plays a Rage song on my way home from work, I can't help but think about Morello's solo project and how cool it is that someone with such commercial success genuinely practices what he often preaches on stage.

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