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2007年12月31日 (月)

Rita Martinson - "Soldier, We Love You"

Rita Martinson - "Soldier, We Love You"

"Soldier, We Love You" lyric ;

I read that you took a stand
And refused to kill in Vietnam.
You said no man was your enemy
What he's fighting for is to be free.

Ghetto streets lead nowhere
Ghetto cries fill the air.
Uncle Sam's in Nam to loot and rob
And people starve at home cause there's no jobs.

Oh ain't it hard
To smile sometimes?
I know it's hard
To smile sometimes.

Soldier, we love you
Yeah, soldier we love you
Standing strong
'Cause it's hard to do
What you know you must do
Cause it's true
Yes, it's true.

They locked you up in their stockades
Yeah, they locked you up 'cause they're afraid
That you would rap and spread the word
But you can't jail truth, it will be heard.

Oh, ain't it hard
To smile sometimes?
I know it's hard
To smile sometimes.

Soldier, we love you
Yeah, soldier we love you
Standing strong
Yes, it's hard to do
What you know you must do
Cause it's true
Yes, it's true.

FTAとは、ジェーン・フォンダらの参加した反ベトナム戦争のロードショー・グループ。
1971年12月13日に、ベ平連も連帯しつつ、復帰前の沖縄 コザ琉米親善センターで、2千名の米兵を前に公演した。

FTAの活動は翌1972年、ドキュメンタリー映画 " F.T.A. "にまとめられた。同作は長らく観賞困難な状態だったが、その一部が2005年公開のドキュメンタリー映画 " Sir! No Sir! "に使用された。

沖縄でのFTAショー(ドキュメンタリー映画" Sir! No Sir! "からの引用)

 

現在、" F.T.A. "はGoogleVideoで全編公開(以下参照)となっている。


 

関連post ; ベ平連 小田実(1932年6月2日-2007年7月30日)

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2007年12月13日 (木)

Tropicalismo

Tropicalismo

In 1964, Humberto Branco had taken over the government in a military coup, recessed the Congress, and started cracking down on leftists and political rivals.
At the same time, hordes of idealistic youth like Gilberto Gil poured into the capital, bringing fresh ideas and creative new directions in music, film, and art - and challenging the military dictatorship.

With Caetano Veloso, Gil was one of the founders of Tropicalia, a musical movement born in 1967, which was influenced by poesia concreta, a genre of Brazilian avant garde poetry,and fused bossa nova with Brazilian folk music, rock, and political and social messages.
At the same time, the Tropicalia art movement was exploring new directions in graphics and architecture, while Cinema Novo (New Cinema) directors were exposing the country's vast poverty.

The new generation of Brazilian artists absorbed everything from campus protests in Berkeley and Black Panther rhetoric to the French New Wave and Norman Mailer as they formulated their own contributions to the late-60s creative explosion.

Tropicalismo Playlist

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2007年12月11日 (火)

R.I.P. Mel Cheren ; Paradise Garage Memorabilia

R.I.P. Mel Cheren ; Paradise Garage Memorabilia

Mel Cheren (January 21,1933 - December 7, 2007) was a New York gay entrepreneur and owner of West End Records.
West End Records was co-founded by Mel Cheren in New York City in 1976 and predominantly published disco music.
Mel was romantically involved with Michael Brody, the owner of the famous Paradise Garage club, for which Mel also provided financial backing.
West End Records was closely associated with the Paradise Garage and Larry Levan.
Mel offered GMHC a couple of rooms for offices in a rooming house in Chelsea owned by him.
He died of complications of AIDS on December 7, 2007.

A memorial is planned for January 21, 2008, the date of his birthday.

Mel comments on Paradise Garage & Larry Levan
(from Channel 4 documentary "Pump Up the Volume" aired in 2001)


Love Saves the Day - The Birth of Disco

 


Gwen Guthrie Live at the Paradise Garage Closing Party


 

In 2003, Cheren penned the autobiography My Life and the Paradise Garage, a heartfelt first-hand look at the destruction of the music culture from the AIDS epidemic, which, sadly, is the very thing that ended his own life.

My Life and The Paradise Garage : Keep On Dancin'

パラダイス・ガラージの時代 ― NYCクラブカルチャー・光と影
 


The Godfather of Disco

Pioneer. Activist. Survivor. The Godfather of Disco is a documentary based on Mel Cheren's autobiography, My Life and the Paradise Garage: Keep on Dancin'. Through a series of interviews with a whos who of the dance music community, Mel's extraordinary story is recounted.

The Godfather of Disco Trailer




related Links ;
West End Records
West End Records on YouTube
West End Records on MySpace
West End Records on Discogs

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