Just back from a week in and around Chicago for the NATO protests, and most of the spring in Europe before that… I’ve produced two things related to these recent endeavors — a song about the terrorism charges against activists arrested in Chicago during last weekend’s NATO protests, and an essay (with pictures!) ruminating over my spring tour of Europe, and a bit on Chicago at the end. The song (MP3 to stream or download):
“Meanwhile in Afghanistan”
“My Spring Vacation in Europe”
For those of you in the vicinity of the northwestern US, I’m mostly home in Portland for the summer months, but I’ve got a few things coming up in the region — Thursday night in Olympia with Jim Page, then Friday through Monday in Seattle performing on various stages at the Folklife Festival, as well as a week in Montana in early June. And for those of you in Texas, I’ll be there next weekend, in Houston, San Marcos and Dallas. Details at http://www.davidrovics.com as usual.
Greetings from Copenhagen. I’m 8 weeks into a 10-week tour of Europe, then off to protest NATO in Chicago, among other things. After that I’ll be spending time in Portland as well as doing shows in Montana and hopefully also along the way — lots of available dates between Portland and Montana… Also a brief visit to Texas to visit Marie Mason in prison and do a few shows, and a visit to Seattle (the Northwest Folklife Festival).
Making plans for a possible return to Europe in late August, and for sure the east coast of the US in October…
There have been a few developments that seem worth mentioning since last I wrote. The most expensive one is my new 99-song wearable, rechargeable MP3 player full of my songs, organized topically by me, starting with “Occupy Wall Street.” You can check it out (and buy one) here:
99 Songs for the 99%
I wrote a couple songs in the past couple months:
“He Called Me Dad”
“Ballad of Saed Bannoura”
I wrote a couple of essays as well:
ACTA’s Silver Lining
Disavowing Disavowal: In Defense of Gilad Atzmon http://songwritersnotebook.blogspot.com/2012/03/disavowing-disavowal-in-defense-of.html
I have a song on this great compilation CD along with some of my favorite
Jerusalem For Us All
I wrote an essay for this book full of essays written by really cool
Anarchism In Music
I’ve been featured on various radio shows, newspapers and blogs over the past couple months. Here are links to some of those interviews and
Danish Radio (Denmark)
Morning Star (UK)
Conversations With Dr. Don (US)
…And there you have it! Hope to see you on the road and in the streets.
Mid-May should be good. Hot spots will include Chicago, where NATO is meeting, and Frankfurt, where folks will be laying siege to the European Central Bank…
P.S. Coming soon — smartphone app! Any suggestions…?