By David Crosby
"NOBODY childrens THEMSELVES INTO BELIEVING THAT they could resolve THE WORLD'S difficulties. we are simply attempting to MAKE A distinction, to alter issues FOR the higher anyplace we will be able to. AND IF IT TAKES an extended PUSH, THEN we are IN IT FOR THE lengthy HAUL. loads of instances this is not concerning the GENIUS OF the instant. it is approximately patience. it truly is approximately BEING IN THERE AND STAYING IN THERE."
Since the early sixties, musicians have placed themselves at the line for the motives they believed in, elevating public knowledge approximately very important concerns via songs, rallies, and gain occasions. For greater than thirty years, musician David Crosby has been one among rock 'n' roll's so much outspoken voices for social switch. in Stand and Be Counted, he and coauthor David Bender recount the tales of the artists who made a distinction and the passionate convictions that moved them. Crosby's own participation and his friendships with a few of the artists concerned provide readers a behind-the-scenes examine occasions from the civil rights marches and antiwar moratoriums of the sixties, to the antinuclear occasions of the seventies, to reside relief and the Amnesty foreign occasions of the eighties--right as much as the Tibetan Freedom live shows of today.
This compelling tale contains new interviews with such diversified artists as Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Yauch, Phil Collins, Robin Williams, Eddie Vedder, Joan Baez, and Jimmy Buffett. Poignant and inspirational, Stand and Be Counted is an unforgettable rfile of the background of activism in past due twentieth-century America.
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And I have to confess I can't prove a darn thing, except that the people in power must think they do something, because they keep the songs off the air. But this has been true throughout history. " Being censored only made Ochs more defiant. " scrawled underneath. Although he was becoming increasingly radicalized by the late sixties, Phil Ochs considered himself a great patriot. He still believed in the political system and was one of the few musicians who actively supported the antiwar presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy in 1968.
They were way too smart for it. " The American press crucified him for it, but they still couldn't shut him up. I think I felt a particular connection with John. He would almost always be sarcastic, or at least kind of dry, which I loved. And he approached things obliquely. He wasn't the kind of person who would just speak his mind about a subject, but if you talked to him for a while, he'd let you know exactly how he felt. I was at the press conference in Los Angeles when the Beatles were asked directly about the Vietnam War and John replied, "We think of it every day, we don't like it, we don't agree with it, we think it's wrong, but there's not much we can do about it.
Then he tried Stephen and Neil. For whatever reason, they couldn't go; none of us remembers why anymore. And so the benefit never happened. But out of Graham's failed pleas to Stephen and Neil came a song that somehow manages to be both angry and hopeful at the same time: Though your brother's bound and gagged And they've chained him to a chair Won't you please come to Chicago Just to sing In a land that's known as freedom How can such a thing be fair? Won't you please come to Chicago For the help that we can bring We can change the world Rearrange the world It's dyin' If you believe in justice Dyin' If you believe in freedom Dyin' Let a man live his own life Dyin' Rules and regulations Who needs them?