08 February, 2007

'dad's gonna kill me now


Legendary British singer-songwriter & folk guitarist extraordinaire Richard Thompson performing September, 2006, at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. He played a new anti-war anthem, introducing it with something to the effect of:

'The soldiers in Vietnam shortened the name to 'Nam — this one's for the soldiers in Baghdad':


[I first posted this picture last November. Via Counterpunch, I see that not only has Richard now recorded the song, but that it is available on-line to listen or download. Click on the song title above. The festival took place during 'Fleet Week.' Earlier in the day as Elvis Costello & T-Bone Burnett took the stage in a reprise of The Coward Brothers (joined at one point by "honorary brother" Emmylou Harris , the crowd was subjected to the roar of the Navy's Blue Angels' aerial acrobatics overhead - a vivid reminder of the thoroughly embedded military bent of this nation. What fear had those sounds, that sight, roused in how many civilians across the globe this year? How many had see or heard the bombs dropped? Or fast asleep never knew they were coming?]

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