NIN, My Morning Jacket & Others Join Arizona Boycott

OPPOSITION GROWS AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL SB 1070 IMMIGRATION LAW

Nine Inch Nails, My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, Maroon 5, Pitbull, Ben Harper, Ry Cooder, Steve Earle, DJ Spooky, and Billy Bragg, are just a few of the artists who have recently joined the Sound Strike protest in response to the controversial immigration bill in Arizona. Click here for a complete list of artists who are boycotting Arizona as part of Sound Strike.

However, opinion remains divided as to the proper response to SB 1070. Arizona promoter Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents has written an open letter urging artists not to boycott the state.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix New Times has introduced a new compilation album entitled A Line in the Sand: A Collection of Protest Songs from Arizona Artists Opposed to SB 1070. Click here to buy the compilation.

Sound Strike architect Zack de la Rocha tells Billboard that the protest could culminate in a series of protest concerts in July: "In the coming weeks we are going to be organizing a series of concerts that are respectful of the nature of the boycott in its attempts to isolate the Arizona government but not isolate the people, and especially the organizations that are fighting this on the ground," de la Rocha said in a telephone interview. "Many of us have begun to plan concerts that include bands that have signed on the Sound Strike, and make tickets available so that people within Arizona can come and see these concerts as they roll out. These are things that are being set into motion right now - a series of concerts or maybe even one giant concert in late July."

Below is a video of Zack de la Rocha explaining his involvement in the Sound Strike protest:

Thanks to Pitchfork for the story.

http://www.thesoundstrike.net/

[Published on: 6/29/10]

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