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5/02/2006

God Bless Neil Young

Neil Young

But why does it take a 60 year old Canadian musician to generate political activism in America?

Steve Watson / Prisonplanet | April 22 2006

As an avid Neil Young fan of a few years now I am so happy to see him take an important stance against the criminal NeoCons in the White House and the illegal activities they are perpetrating at home and elsewhere.

Known for his straight talking, confessional lyrical style, Young will hold back nothing on hastily penned new album "living with war" which will be an all out assault on the Bush crime syndicate.

It seems that Young has woken up from his slumber and realised that the unconscionable actions of the criminal elite must be addressed and not simply sugar coated and quietly accepted as part of a "post 9/11 mentality".

The centerpiece of the album is surely the song entitled "Let's impeach the president". No one else within the music industry has had the guts to pen such a brazen personal attack on Bush and the Neocons.

Young 's words here are savage and blatant and he should be commended. Furthermore, there is certainly no feeling of phony leftism about the lyrics, a charge that has been leveled against many other protest songs that have come before.

Let's impeach the president for lying
Misleading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door

The song goes on to address the Regime's criminality, spying, the mess they made of post-Katrina New Orleans, hijacking "our religion" for partisan purposes, as well as how they have used divisiveness and racism to further their political agenda. Young backs up his lyrics with Bush's own words, turning his inspid/Orwellian diatribe on tape against him as the song is transformed from a hard rocker into a soaring gospel inspirational.

"You're always going to rub somebody the wrong way when you sing 'let's impeach the president,' " Young said. "But that's what this country's all about — being able to express your views."

In response to the frighteningly routine, ridiculous and ignorant accusations that Young is being "unpatriotic", he responded:

"We don't all have to believe in what our President believes in order to be Patriotic."

Neil Young is a guy who, like many, was sucked into the phony patriotism after 9/11, rallying around Bush and speaking out in favour of the PATRIOT act.

Yet his abrupt about face without fear of re-crimination is admirable given that many others within the entertainment industry have not dared to speak out at all.

Furthermore, other celebrities that have spoken out , seem to be stuck firmly within the false left/right paradigm and their words tend to be cliched and cringe worthy.Take Madonna for example, who warned us all that "9/11 was ambiguous" yet government involvement could not be proven, reinforcing the hollow limited hangout of the impotent left-wing Michael Moore school of whitewashing. She is a celebrity who clearly only thinks in terms of her image.

Young on the other hand cares less about his own image and record sales and more about freedom in America. Yes he has flip flopped politically all his career, ranging from protesting against Nixon in the 70s to staunchly supporting Regan in the 80s, but always with the notion that freedom in America is sacred.

"Shock And Awe" is another lyrically powerful song on the record. As Howie Klein of the "Down with Tyranny" blog suggests, let's hope that the mentality that inspired Young's "Shock and Awe" will be remembered long beyond the mentality that inspired Bush's shock and awe.


Back in the days of shock and awe
We came to liberate them all
History was the cruel judge of overconfidence
Back in the days of shock and awe.
Our "chief" was landing on the deck
The sun was setting on a golden photo op
Back in the days of "mission accomplished"
Thousands of bodies in the ground
Brought home in boxes to a trumpet's sound
no one sees them coming home that way
thousands buried in the ground
Thousands of children scarred for life
Millions of tears for a soldier's wife
Both sides are losing now...

Although Neil Young's words are moving and poignant, one must ask why is it that it is a 60 year old Canadian that is having to remind us America is being destroyed by our so called leaders?

Why must we rely on someone like Young in order to inspire some kind of political activism in America today?

Young himself has said "I was waiting for someone to come along, some young singer 18 to 22 years old, to write these songs and stand up ...I waited a long time. Then, I decided that maybe the generation that has to do this is still the '60s generation."

Young Neil Young at Woodstock

What is wrong with the youth of today? Is this indicative of the fact that kids today do not even understand what freedom is supposed to be?

Have the Orwellian attempts of the Neocons to transform the meaning of "freedom" into "slavery", with terms such as "PATRIOT act", "Mission accomplished" and "New freedom", begun to succeed?

I am 26 years old, I am in the prime of my life, and to see the generation after mine systematically ignoring and dismissing everything I have grown up knowing is cherished and sacred is very scary.

God bless him, but what are we going to do in another generation's time when artists like Neil Young and others in the limelight are no longer here to remind us just what America and freedom is supposed to be?

Neil Young's protest album heads to Internet first

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Neil Young's newly recorded protest album "Living With War," including a song calling for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush, will be posted for free Internet streaming next week, his label said on Friday.

Starting April 28, fans can log onto Young's Web site, www.neilyoung.com, and listen to the 10-track collection in its entirety, free of charge, said Bill Bentley, a spokesman for Warner Music Group's Reprise Records.

The album will first become commercially available as a digital download beginning May 2, "and we plan to get it into retail stores as soon after that as we can get them manufactured," Bentley said.

He said the label anticipates getting the album into retail outlets between May 5 and May 15. "Neil wants this album out there as soon as possible," Bentley added.

The Canadian-born Young, 60, who has tackled social and political themes through four decades as a singer-songwriter, wrote and recorded his latest studio offering over a two-week period this month, backed by a 100-member choir, according to his long-time manager, Elliot Roberts.

Much of the album conveys a sense of outrage, vowing repeatedly in the title track "to never kill again," mocking Bush's conduct of the Iraq war in "Shock and Awe" and calling for his removal from office in a provocative song titled "Let's Impeach the President."

The album also strikes a chord of empathy with soldiers separated from their families, and features lyrics ridiculing America's consumer culture, political corruption and religious fundamentalism.

Juxtaposed to "Let's Impeach the President" is one of the album's more hopeful selections, "Lookin' for a Leader," with such lyrics as: "Someone walks among us ... and I hope he hears the call. And maybe it's a woman, or a black man after all."

The album closes with an a capella version of "America the Beautiful."

Young, who voiced support for Bush's efforts to expand law-enforcement powers in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, acknowledged in published remarks on Friday the provocative nature of his latest work.

"You're always going to rub someone the wrong way when you sing, 'let's impeach the president,'" he told the Los Angeles Times. "But that's what this country's all about -- being able to express your views."

Young's new set comes just seven months after the release of his last album, "Prairie Wind," which has sold about 450,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Eminem's New Video Highlights 9/11, Illuminati

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GNN | October 26 2004

Prison Planet.com commends GNN and Eminem for this new video.

The last couple of years have seen an explosion in cultural expressions of freedom that expose 9/11 and government tyranny.

This summer saw the release of a best-selling hip-hop song by Jadakiss which asked the question, why did Bush knock down the towers?

FLASHBACK: Hit Rap Song Asks: "Why Did Bush Knock Down The Towers?"

It's amazing that the acceleration of revelation is to the point when even

the entertainment industry is waking up and contributing.

It takes a measure of bravery to create and promote this kind of project and we applaud the efforts of the GNN team.

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From Liberty Think....

Eminem has released a new video of the cut "Mosh," from his upcoming album Encore. The largely animated video , produced in association with Guerilla News Network, opens with Eminem reading to schoolchildren in the shadow of the World Trade Center on 9/11, not unlike Bush did in Florida.

It then cuts to Eminem standing before a wall collaged with newspaper clippings and photos featuring headlines about Bush's foreknowledge of 9/11 (including the famous BUSH KNEW New York Post headline); the civil rights abuses of the PATRIOT Act; maltreatment of soldiers; war profiteering and even the Illuminati's all-seeing eye.

Eminem then rallies a crowd of youngsters to action, crying "F*** Bush!" as black helicopters buzz over. This is intercut with a scene of a soldier coming home only to immediately receive an order sending him back to Iraq. As Eminem calls Bush "this monster, this coward we empowered," one of the infamous "bin Laden videos" plays on a television set -- only to have OBL's backdrop collapse to reveal a giggling Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld on a Hollywood set.

The lyrics slam the government's "psychological warfare" as the animated Eminem leads a crowd of youth to a voting booth. But perhaps Eminem isn't cyncial enough here, as a word about the electronic voting scam machines would be worthwhile as well. At least Eminem hasn't fallen into the trap of endorsing Bush's sworn Bones blood brother Kerry, though he came a little too close for this writer's tastes in his new Rolling Stone interview.

The last video Eminem produced in association with GNN, "White America," was banned from MTV Networks.

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5/01/2006

Stones 'Slate Bush' In Album Song

Rolling Stones

by BBC News

A track on the Rolling Stones' upcoming album A Bigger Bang reportedly attacks interventionist supporters of President George Bush known as neo-conservatives.

"You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite," Sir Mick Jagger sings in Sweet Neo Con, one of 16 tracks featured on the September release.

"It is direct," Jagger is quoted as saying in US magazine Newsweek.

Jagger reportedly added that bandmate Keith Richards, who lives in the US, was "a bit worried" about a backlash.

The song was not featured on a 12-track advance CD sent out by the veteran British rockers to music critics.

Contentious

Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are considered by some to be leading neo-conservatives.

However, the term is a contentious one in the US.

The BBC's Mark Mardell has described neo-cons as "full-blooded 21st Century nationalists" who "insist America's mission is to bring its democracy to the world".

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Hip-Hop & 9/11 Truth

Paris 9/11 Truth in hip-hop began with Paris. No stranger to political controversy, this hip-hop legend came out of retirement to confront the man whose Daddy he stalked a decade earlier on the cover of his 1992 release Sleeping with the Enemy.

His latest release, Sonic Jihad, could be called the first CD dedicated to 9/11 Truth. Paris narrated the GNN classic documentary Aftermath, and is well known for his controversial 1992 song Bush Killa. Secret Service has investigated Paris due to the content of his art.



ImmortalImmortal Technique destroys the official version of what really happened on 9/11 in his second CD, "Revolutionary Vol. 2." On track 13 titled, The Cause of Death, Tech made the first ever published hip-hop commentary on the physical collapse of the Twin Towers, saying:

I was watchin' the towers,†
and though I wasn't the closest
I saw them crumble to the earth†
like they were full of explosives

Tech released the song Bin Laden featuring which is the most blunt, direct song for 9/11 Truth in history. No one has tackled the topic of 9/11 Truth with more ferocity than Tech. Tech managed to pull in another prominent hip-hop star into the 9/11 Truth fold, Mos Def, who is featured on the song's chorus.



Jadakiss After Immortal Technique, Jadakiss followed suit in his #1 single, Why? where he penned the line, "Why did Bush knock Down the Towers?" His CD sold over 240,000 copies in its first week. When asked why he wrote the line he responded, "A lot of my people felt [Bush] had something to do with it."

Jadakiss later backed off when he told the Washington Post, "Obviously it's just a metaphor." Nevertheless, the meme has already been passed on to millions of hip-hop fans across the world.



EminemEminem has become a hip-hop mogul having released his own line of clothing as well as launching a very successful record label of his own - Shady Records. Taking a leap into politics was not what most expected him to do.

But the groundwork had been laid in 2002, when Eminem teamed up with GNN.tv to produce a politically charged video for his controversial song White America, which never made it to TV. It has been broadcast on the Internet only - and behind Eminem when he performs it live.

In October of 2004, Em teamed up with GNN.tv again to produce a video for Mosh, which reenacts Bush in Booker elementary school on 9/11 reading about a pet goat while America was under attack. This time the video received massive exposure, climbing up to #1 on MTV's TRL. Recently Eminem has started his own channel on Sirius Satellite Radio - Shady 45. Eminem boasts that he will use Shady 45 to launch "exclusive and uncensored hip-hop."



Clarity

In 2002, Clarity released the song buddy buddy which raced across the Internet when Eric Blumrich made a video for the song chronicling U.S. Air Force response on the morning of 9/11 stating:

There must've been a military order

The song is featured on the group's 2nd CD titled This is not a Test. The CD also includes the song Seven which focuses on the still unexplained implosion of WTC 7 on 9/11. The group is fronted by Michael Kane, a noted journalist and leading 9/11 Truth researcher.

www.csupreme.com This is not a Test is truly a unique CD. Besides being a hip-hop/rock hybrid that defies categorization, the lyrical content merges hip-hop prose with journalism in a way that has never been done before.



Dead Prez M1 & Stickman of Dead Prez took a different approach dealing with 9/11 when Stickman in the song, Know Your Enemy, wrote the following:

September 11th, televised, worldwide,†
suicide planes falling like bombs from out the sky
They wasn't aimin' at us, Not in my house!
They hit the World Trade, the Pentagon†
and almost got the Whitehouse

The chorus of the song repeats:

Know your enemy, know yourself, that's the politic
George Bush is way worse than Bin Laden is.
Know your enemy, know yourself, that's the politic
FBI, CIA, the real terrorists



Davey DPictured in between Chuck D & Paris is Davey D - a hip-hop legend, journalist and activist. Because of the Interest hip-hop took into 9/11 Truth, Davey D's website has become an ally of sorts to the 9/11 Truth Movement. His site is where culture, politics & hip-hop come crashing together.



KeidiKeidi Obi Awadu represents much more than hip-hop. His progressive African radio broadcast is on the cutting edge of almost every political & cultural topic - including 9/11. LIBradio was one of the first media outlets to respond to the 9/11 attacks in search of truth, and features activists from NY9/11Truth frequently on his broadcast.

Keidi Obi Awadu and Immortal Technique both joined the 50 Sept. 11 families and 100 celebrities who signed the 911 Truth Statement.

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