Monday, November 9, 2009

Music Monday: Revolutionary Times

Phil Ochs in 1969. It must have seemed like quite a revolutionary time, and it almost was. The 1968 popular uprising in France (betrayed by the fascist left); the protests against the Vietnam War in the United States; the general feeling that change was in the air. And yet it led to no substantial altering of the system. One could even argue, outside of social liberalization (gay rights, abortion rights, etc, which was progress) that things have only gotten worse as far as governmental control and oppression go. The war protests of the time fizzled out, after Nixon effectively ended the draft and earlier, in June 1969, began withdrawing troops from Vietnam.

Will it be different this time, with something stirring once again? The back of the State's lapdog media has finally been broken by the Internet, and people no longer have to rely on government shills posing as journalists to get their news and information. And ironically, the seeds of a possible coming collapse of the horrific and evil American Empire may have been planted by old Tricky Dick himself, when, in 1971, he removed what was left of the gold standard, leaving, for the first time in history, a purely fiat paper currency. The final collapse of the Federal Monstrosity in D.C. is therefore inevitable, and it can't last much longer (perhaps even helped along by the heath care "reform" legislation looming). But it's up to all of us to ensure that what follows is liberty rather than an even worse tyranny.

Street Fighting Man

And from what I consider The Rolling Stones best album, Beggars Banquet (released in 1968) comes Street Fighting Man. From Wikipedia:

Originally titled and recorded as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?", containing the same music but very different lyrics, "Street Fighting Man" is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's U.S. embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. He also found inspiration in the rising violence among student rioters on Paris's Left Bank, the precursor to May 1968.

On the writing, Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Jann Wenner in Rolling Stone,

"Yeah, it was a direct inspiration, because by contrast, London was very quiet...It was a very strange time in France. But not only in France but also in America, because of the Vietnam War and these endless disruptions. ...I thought it was a very good thing at the time. There was all this violence going on. I mean, they almost toppled the government in France; DeGaulle went into this complete funk, as he had in the past, and he went and sort of locked himself in his house in the country. And so the government was almost inactive. And the French riot police were amazing."

Beggars Banquet

Screw you and your copywrong claim, ABKCO, you pro-state corporate pigs!

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