"BREAD AND ROSES" AVAILABLE ON MARCRIBOT.COM
Avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot and his band Ceramic Dog will offer a free download of the new track, "Bread and Roses," to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement (Monday, Sept. 17, 2012). It's currently available for a limited-time-only on www.marcribot.com; "Bread and Roses" will be featured on Ceramic Dog's sophomore release, which is due out in spring 2013 and produced by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof).
"Bread and Roses is an old labor song," comments Ribot, "associated with the IWW Lawrence Massachusetts textile worker's strike of 1912. The lyrics are based on a poem written by James Oppenheimer. We changed the music, and a few of the lyrics (we figured anarcho/syndicalists wouldn't mind), but the sentiments are the same."
Marc Ribot notes, "When I went to the big demonstration in Foley Square last fall, I saw something different. On TV, labor union people are supposed to hate the kind of young smart-asses who started Occupy, yet here they seemed to be getting along just fine. I felt, for a moment, 'wow, something could actually happen.' I hadn't felt that in quite some time. The other Ceramic Doggies had similar experiences. Then we went on tour, and somehow it felt silly to play our usual set while so much was happening on the street - so we played "Bread and Roses" instead. We don't know what the future holds, but we recorded this tune in honor of the energy of that moment."
More information on Ceramic Dog's latest recording will be available in the coming weeks.
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