SONGS TO SEE & HEAR, HERE:
National Berniehood Week Here he is, warts and all – it’s not quite a campaign song, but something to help us get through yet another presidential selection ordeal, with one bright spot in it.
I’m Still A-Mergin’ Even More At Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday celebration in Brooklyn I offered my re-take on “I Ain’t Marchin’ Any More.”
I Don’t Fight for Conquerors Having forgotten that “I Ain’t Marchin’ Any More” had already been written, I wrote this. Oh well can’t have too many anthems – unless they’re boring. (Also from Phil Ochs Night, 12/19/15)
Star of Goliath Song cycle with visuals about Palestine/Israel, remixed 2015.
At the Brooklyn Commons on August 22, 2015, Dave Lippman celebrated 50 years of making music for justice. The LippBand rolled out songs dating from the eighties right up into the Age of Technology. Videos from that night plus relevant graphix = The Illustrated Band.
and one vintage recording with new visuals:
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Fundamentalist Kentucky’s own Kim Davis didn’t want to marry gays – Gilbert & Sullivan and James Trumm have given us a lickety-quick commentary.
Whistleblowers’ Blues We get our important news from the people who have to sneak it out the side door, since the media only mediate what their wealthy owners permit. Why aren’t the people who try to put these people in jail, in jail?
Bakken Frackin’ Oil Train Heavy, volatile fracked oil from North Dakota travels in flimsy, outmoded rail cars across the country, through communities, over reservoirs, and from time to time derails and blows up, killing scores in Ontario, exploding and burning in Illinois, Alabama, Virginia,…THIS is sustainable energy?!
Battle Hymn of the Public Written for the Fight For Fifteen, this one starts with a snip of performance at the New Brunswick, NJ rally, then on to the rest of the country.
Cooperative Internationale – Cubans try to democratize and save socialism by forming worker cooperatives.
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot (live version) with MSO Trio, Caffe Vivaldi, NYC, 12/14.
The sleeping giant awakes: Walmart “associates” are disassociating themselves from the race to the bottom of the working class. Three cheers – and songs – for them!
When the State Steals Medicaid Half the states are refusing to accept free money to save lives. People are on the move in these red states. In Texas, in Georgia. In South Carolina, a Healthy Democracy roadshow.
Battle Hymn of the Caregivers Some caregivers at nursing homes work without a contract, for low wages, with prohibitive costs for their dependents’ health care. They’re mobilizing.
We Shall Not Be De-Climatized We marched, and will march again, and then will lie down in front of the liars, and stand up to the climate-killing profiteers.
This Brand’s Not Made for You and Me A jaunt through the history of boycotts – the ones I’ve joined in, anyway – to help us realize the power of putting the wallet back in the pocket.
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Michael Brown isn’t even the latest to die from white cops’ fear of black people and failure to implement non-lethal methods and most of all the warehousing of unwanted humans. He was – for two days.
More Dead and Gaza Moans Israel periodically “mows the lawn,” as they themselves call massacres, to demoralize Gaza, while spinning insulting stories about their motives. It makes things even worse, right? Time to cut aid and boycott yet? Not yet? When, then?
The Interdictacall The present, actually-existing International that has been organized by The Man consists of a buncha robots logging your blogs, phone calls, thoughts and feelings…but if you’ve done nothing wrong, why you bitchin’?
The Times They Aren’t A-Changin’ What actually is “fit to print?”Apparently whatever fits in the bubble that we’re not supposed to be aware we’re in. Pinnacle of journalism or stenography for the established order? You be the judge.
Will Society Be Unbroken Wisconsin Solidarity Singers rewrote this 1907 hymn, then I altered it some for the South Carolina activists. The beat goes on…
Jumbo Liar Rewritten for South Carolina’s social justice movement, from rewrite by Wisconsin’s Solidarity Singers. Who’s next?
Truthful Tuesday Folks in South Carolina are mobilizing to protest the Republican outrages emanating from the state government. At issue are attacks on voting rights, education, Medicaid, etc. etc.
I Don’t Go Into Stores A post-consumerist fantasy. I never buy anything new – except the canoe cupholder.
I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister An 80-year update for those of us still Greatly Recessed.
If God Had Wanted There To Be Other Countries Wild Bill Bailout has an offer you can’t understand: permanent war, everyone against everyone. Offer never expires.
Mergers & Acquisitions If a tree falls in the forest and one guy owns all the radio stations, and that guy doesn’t like you, will we ever know it fell on your head?
Moral Mondays After Occupy, Tahrir, and Wisconsin comes North Carolina’s Moral Mondays campaign.
Poor Penny Pritzker If you want to evaluate the new Secretary of Con-us, consult with the workers at her Hyatt Hotels, or the schools she ran into the ground, or the folks she foreclosed on, or… captioned version
Trayvon, You’re Livin’ (Re-recorded) As they pile on more justifications for terrorizing young black people, we pile into the streets to say if we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace!
You Don’t Own the World – A simple singalong sums up the state of the “sale of our state” situation.
Destroyed Nation Row – Wild Bill croons his impatience with your impatience with imperial meltdown.
Always Low Prices – Not much has changed from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 100 years ago to the catastrophe/mass murder in the Smart Export Garments factory in Bangladesh. They just move the most exploitative jobs around the globe. At the center, or forward edge, of this demonic regime is our old friend Wal-mart.
Get a Drone – Wild Bill has the perfect defense against civilians, casualized soldiers, immigrants, and other unforeseen byproducts of his policies.
Gaza’s Ark – The Gaza’s Ark group plans to help Gazans build a boat, ready for high seas, to help maintain boat-building skills and help break the blockade.
50 Ways To Slice the 99 – Within the 99%, differences are important. Who goes to college, work, prison; who ends up on the street? Statistics that rhyme!
The Interdigitale – Does new tech bring us together for truth and justice? Or for trivia?
Electoral Dysfunction – Addressing the angst of voting in a one and a half party system.
In the Hummertime – Burying a pink Hummer in an art park in Detroit – world’s most impossible singalong.
I’m Still A-Mergin’ Even More – Phil Ochs is roiling in his grave – but then, he always is.
Student Debt Is Rising High & Making Us Ferocious (Supercalifragi…..)
I Won’t Bloody Buy It – We boycott all the unjust companies we can find, but why do we occasionally balk?
Ghostwriters of the Law – Who writes our laws? ALEC does. American Legislative Exchange Council. AKA the 1%. Surprise!
What the Frack?! The good people of the petroleum industry have decided to treat the earth like the government treats the elderly and the sick: expendable.
Disney Babies The good people at Disney have noticed an untapped market: infants. They’re now entering maternity wards to provide baby-branding services.
“We Are the Ones” A look and listen at some of the grassroots social justice organizations abroad in the land From the album “Food, Clothing, & Glaciers”
Songs from the CD “Food, Clothing, & Glaciers”:
Ballad of BP and the Massey Massacre
Tea Party Tango
Food, Clothing & Glaciers
Geithner Fit the Battle at A.I.G.
Your Car Is Disgusting
Everything is Fine In Jena
Pity The Nation-First They Came-I Don’t Fight For Conquerors
From Shrub and Lippman,
Live in Manhattan (Kansas)
|Megs and All|
|The Evil of Access|
|Iraq Opportunity Theme Song|
From I HATE WAL-MART
Backing tracks by Biff Blumfumgagnge
Boycott Songs (No, don’t boycott them, sing them.)
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Interview on KALA, Davenport, Iowa, October 2013 with David Baker & Jordan Light, discussing Moral Mondays, Wisconsin, how to write parodies, why to write parodies, how to ignore politicians, & Lippman origin myths and bits of lore…..(13 minutes)
Watch a radio show – ?! Dave on Occupy TV, Eugene, Oregon, August 2012 Part 1 Part 2
Wild Bill Bailout given equal time on the same show: Part 1 Part 2
Listen to Dave on Occupy Radio, Eugene, Oregon, August 2012 discussing farm workers, Vietnam, hippies, the 80s, Occupy, and mountaintop Removal….. (7 minutes)
Watch a radio show – ?! Dave chats with Michael James on “Live From the Heartland” Chicago, 1-17-09 part 1 part 2 part 3
|Listen to Shrub interview/call-in with WORT Radio, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2007(19 minutes)|
Singing CIA Agent George Shrub’s commentaries
from Pacifica’s weekly election show, “Informed Dissent”, Now with enhanced secret background music!
|Effects of 9/11 – The Friendliest of Fascisms|
|Hurricanes All Come From Cuba|
|God Blesses Our Media|
|The Business of America is None of Your Business|
|Cojones vs. Chutzpah|
|The Constitution: Redeploying Your Rights|
|DemDupes and Senatorettes|
VINTAGE VIDS BY LIPP
SINGING CIA AGENT GEORGE SHRUB/AGENTE DE LA CIA JORGE ARBUSTO in Quetzaltenango (Xelaju), Guatemala, 1989 Singing CIA Agent, Guatemala, 1989, part 1 2:24 El Cantante de la CIA en Guatemala Arbusto sings “Se Estan Portando Mal,” about the Grenada Rescue. 3:16 Shrub song & Dance: “Call Me Ollie” Ollie North wrote this for Bill Casey, who sang it to Shrub. 3:37 Jorge Arbusto explains the world away. Using an aerial photograph, and some pointers. 12:02