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human rights work in Mexico. He also plays good music which he is happy for people to download for free.
He said "the main theme that I keep on coming back to is terrorism. Sometimes to the terrorism of small groups of fanatics, but much more so to the incomparably more deadly and widespread phenomenon called state terrorism. The terrorism of aiding fascist dictatorships and apartheid states. The terrorism not just of one, two or four planes, but of an air force. The millions dead from bombs and sanctions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and so many other places. The world held hostage by the IMF. The very air, water, and soil destroyed by the capitalist monolith that lies behind all of these overt and covert forms of terrorism. Before and after September 11th, long before George W. Bush was born, the United States Government has been the leading sponsor of terrorism worldwide. Sometimes people respond in kind, which is what happened on 9/11. What I seek to do here, in my own small way, is to help us think about our peculiar situation, to add one more voice of dissent against Pax Americana. And hopefully, to play my small part in finding a way out of the madness, and into an entirely different world".
These are some of his songs.
"The Next Attack" is about the next time the U.S. is attacked by terrorists. The title track is about Bush's war on terror generally, and his obsession with flags and blinding us all with hyper-patriotism as much as he can.
"The Village Where Nothing Happened" is about the annihilation of a village in Afghanistan.
"Bomb Ourselves" is about what we should do, logically, if we're to fight countries that sponsor terrorism.
"Song for Basra," is about the genocidal sanctions suffered by the people of Iraq thanks to the US and British governments.
"One Night in Greece" is another look at 9/10 (actually 9/10) from a particular perspective.
"Evening News" is about how the media is warped.
He is playing at the Carlton Social and Bowling Club, 113 Carlton Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester. It does cost £7 on the door but the money is going to support human rights work in Mexico.
If you want to hear some of his stuff or find out more see: www.davidrovics.com
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