[Marxism] Neil Young, Barbara Streisand oppose Bush and the war
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Sat Apr 15 11:59:52 MDT 2006
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Neil Young: Music Against Bush
New York, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Neil Young, one of the mythical 1969
Woodstock FestivalÂ´s artists, has composed a critical song against US
President George W. Bush entitled "Impeach the President".
According to Editor and Publisher magazine, the former member of
"Crosby, Still, Nash and Young" recorded the theme accompanied by a
100-voice chorus and will include it in his next album "Living with
War", expected to be on sale in six or eight weeks.
Some participants described the recording sessions as "a 12-hour march
April 15, 2006
Young bashes Bush with new song
By Darryl Sterdan
Last month at the South by Southwest Music Conference, we watched
SXSW boss Roland Swenson ask Neil Young for a favour. Recalling the
way Young's song Ohio -- written in the wake of the Kent State
shootings -- galvanized the nation in the '70s and helped turn the
tide of public sentiment against the Vietnam War, Swenson urged the
famed songwriter to put in his two cents about the current
administration and its current war. "Mr. Young," Swenson said, "we
need another song."
Looks like he got his wish.
According to Internet reports, Young has just recorded a song called
Impeach the President as part of a new, politically charged protest
album due out shortly.
Apparently, the album was recorded in just a few days with a
100-voice choir, according to a California singer named Alicia Morgan
who took part in the session.
"I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of
one of the songs was 'Let's impeach the president for lyin!' " Morgan
wrote on her online blog. "Turns out the whole thing is a classic,
beautiful protest record. The session was like being at a 12-hour
peace rally. Every time new lyrics would come up on the screen, there
were cheers, tears and applause. It was a spiritual experience. I
can't believe my good fortune at being a part of this.
"We finished the session by singing an a cappella version of America
the Beautiful and there was not a dry eye in the house. Neil said it
should be out in six to eight weeks."
Harp magazine also reported on its website this week that filmmaker
Jonathan Demme -- who directed Young's recent concert movie Heart of
Gold -- confirmed the story in an e-mail.
"Neil just finished writing and recording -- with no warning -- a new
album called Living With the War," Demme told Harp. "It all happened
in three days ... It is a brilliant electric assault, accompanied by
a 100-voice choir, on Bush and the war in Iraq ... Truly
mind-blowing. Will be in stores soon."
After listening to Young speak at SXSW, we're not surprised. During
his keynote interview, the former Winnipegger confessed he had been
hearing giant, noisy guitars in his head lately, and that his next
album was likely to be a rock record. And he explained that when
inspiration hits, he clears the decks and drops whatever he's doing
to capture the sound and the mood before it vanishes, comparing his
muse to an animal he's trying to coax out of a hole.
Somewhere, we suspect Roland Swenson is smiling. And if recent
rumours that Young will finally return to Winnipeg this summer on a
CSNY reunion tour pan out, plenty of Winnipeggers will be smiling
George Bush? Not so much.
Young raps on Bush and the damage done
Apr. 15, 2006. 01:00 AM
NICOLAAS VAN RIJN
It's safe to say one certain song on Canadian rocker Neil Young's
latest album isn't going to make George W. Bush's playlist anytime
In fact, the U.S. president may just blow off the entire album,
which, word has it, will be called Living With War and is expected in
So far the album and its featured track â "Let's Impeach the
President" â have been shrouded in secrecy.
Except for one thing: The song includes a rap with Bush's voice set
to a lush 100-voice choir, and words like "flip-flop" are heard
frequently, according to Harp Magazine.
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who made the award-winning documentary Neil
Young: Heart of Gold, told a friend in a recent email that all the
work is done.
"Neil just finished writing and recording â with no warning â a new
album called Living With War," Demme said in the email, quoted online
by Harp."It all happened in three days."
Young, the son of the late Toronto journalist Scott Young, is no
stranger to protest rock, and has long been active in Farm Aid, which
seeks to publicize the plight of farmers.
Young bashes Bush on protest album
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young and a 100-strong choir have
recorded an album of protest songs against the Iraq war, with one
track calling for the impeachment of American President George Bush.
Young began work on the album after South By Southwest Festival
organiser Roland Swenson called on him to return to his anti-war
campaigning. Young helped to rally opinion against the Vietnam war in
the 1970s with songs such as 'Ohio'.
Young and a 100-strong choir recorded the album, titled 'Living With
The War', in just three days.
Singer Alicia Morgan took part in the recording sessions and wrote on
her website: "I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the
first line of one of the songs was, 'Let's impeach the president for
"Turns out the whole thing is a classic, beautiful protest record.
The session was like being at a 12-hour peace rally. Every time new
lyrics would come up on the screen, there were cheers, tears and
applause. It was a spiritual experience."
Director Jonathan Demme, who has filmed Young in concert, confirmed
that the record will be released soon.
Demme said: "Neil just finished writing and recording - with no
warning - a new album called 'Living With The War'. It all happened
in three days.
"It is a brilliant electric assault, accompanied by a 100-voice
choir, on Bush and the war in Iraq. Truly mind-blowing. Will be in
Barbra Streisand and notice this is on the Sony Music website!
We can't let moderators frame questions that give false impressions.
Millions of people are watching and listening. The US intelligence
community could not and did not provide sufficient evidence of the
existence of a developed weapons program in Iraq, nor did the
international intelligence agencies, thus resulting in a lack of
support from the international community in waging this war. However,
the Bush Administration was set on invading Iraq regardless. Bush
knew the information he was putting forth to Congress and the
American public was false at the time he used it to justify invading
Iraq. It is important that these facts are told.
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