Legendary prog rock titans, Pink Floyd, have brought their musical arms out of the closet and come together again as a band to release a new song in support of the Ukrainian people.
Now over a month in, the war in Ukraine hit a personal nerve for David Gilmore who has an Ukrainian daughter-in-law, and so he felt compelled to write a song to try and “raise funds and morale”.
“I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities and raise morale. We want to express our support for Ukraine and, in that way, show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become”
– David Gilmore (from the band’s official press release)
This is the first time since 1994 that the famously political band has recorded a song together. Read the full press release here.
Rewriting or editing written history is a daunting task. Unfortunately though, it is a necessary one. What children learn about the world today, is more often than not based on information put together by men. And so the information tenda to be one-sided, lacking and sometimes literally false.
A new book intends to help a new narrative find ground. This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music is edited by Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson and it features essays by musicians and music journalists about the genre-breakers, the experimentalists and the women who mixed music and activism.
“This Woman’s Work seeks to confront the male dominance and sexism that have been hard-coded in the canons of music, literature, and film and has forced women to fight pigeon-holing or being side-lined by carving out their own space.”
According to the book’s press release these women seek to shatter the dominating narrative and one can only imagine how that can empower and motivate young women of the future to venture fearlessly into the creative arts.
“Women have to speak up, to shout louder to tell their story – like the auteurs and ground-breakers featured in this collection, including: Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship.”
This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music is released on April 7 by White Rabbit.
There is moshing at home. Then there is moshing at home, knowing that you are supporting an important cause. The latter is what you can do by visiting the webpage of Another City Records and place an order for a cassette/digital version of a new compilation album, titled Action For Afghanistan.
All proceeds from the compilation, organized by Mark Bradley of Unblind and Disappear, will go directly to Women for Afghan Women and MIAAN.
“One major thing I was trying to accomplish, was to get representation from bands with diverse lineups and backgrounds (not just straight white males). A lot of time and effort went into hand selecting bands that I felt would best represent the overall message of this compilation. I think we managed to do so, and also achieved a pretty eclectic mix of bands.” – Mark Bradley
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is one of the worst in modern history. After decades of war and natural disasters, more than 20 million people are facing starvation, according to the United Nations. Women and children are especially vulnerable, so even if it is something small then still consider hitting up Another City Records and grab your copy. Many small things add up to something bigger.
Full list of participating bands can be seen below:
Change Snuffed Direct Measure Ill Communication Life Force Overstep Bystander No Longer at Ease Unblind Rejection Pact Bitter Truth Racetraitor Optimal Crime Disappear Prison Suicide The Geeks FAIM Terminal Nation Si Dios Quiere Berthold City Soul Charge Eighteen Visions Tuning Discourage Last Gasp Miracle Drug Moral Law One Up Bull Cult Godhead Second Life Despair