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Artists Lend Their Voices To A New Documentary About Protest Art

If you recall statues of a naked Donald Trump popping up across cities in the US then you might have heard of the anonymous protest art collective Indecline. For the past few years the group has been collecting footage that now has turned into a 45 minute long documentary.

One unnamed representative for the group told Rolling Stone that “What was once set up to be a deep dive into the history of resistance art, soon became a ‘call to action.’”. Via Rolling Stone’s large platform the documentary can now exclusively be streamed in full.

Throughout the film we get a reminder of the stunningly creative, elaborate and always illegal protest art that Indecline has made like renting a room at Trump tower only to create a prison inside that room filled with rats and a Trump impersonator. Lending their voices to share their thoughts on protest art are some protest musicians such as Tom Morello, Moby, Fat Mike and Nadya Tolokonnikova among many more.

Damien Echols, who was wrongfully sent to death row as one of the West Memphis Three, speaks of how protest art literally helped save him from a state ordered execution.

Art and humour have long lived together as well. The film clearly shows how humour is necessary to get a message across. After all, humour is closely related to positivity – and kindness. One of the representatives of Indecline, when interviewed, has a cop in the background who is tied up on a chair. The Indecline representative quickly asks the cop if he is ok before continuing to answer the questions.

The film is directed by Colin Day who directed Saving Banksy. Banksy is another artist who’s work is documented in the film for his creative graffiti that has caught the attention (and inspired resistance) around the whole world.

“For those of you who are on the frontline, taking abuse, you have great company throughout history. People exactly like yourselves have stood up in times of great injustice and the only possible way to make a more humane and decent planet is for you to do what you’re doing.” – Tom Morello

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5 New Protest Music Albums For The Summer (That You Might Not Have Heard Of)

Whether you want some rap, punk, whether you want your summer music low key or theatrical, we hope you find something to your liking below.

Father Fury by Father Fury

This anarchist, priest-fronted punk band just released their first full length album and it is just the stuff to play under the scorching sun with some refreshments at hand and friends around.

Mi Volto e Mi Rivolto by Léon les Cailloux

“Themes of summer, protest, friendship and sisterhood string the album together. Moving from women workers’ demonstrations in the north of Italy a hundred years ago, to a group of friends taking shelter from the summer rain in Aveyron, to intersectional demonstrations in the streets of France in December 2019, and ending with Woody Guthrie’s Hobo’s Lullaby, Léon reworks songs from far away and long ago, and writes new ones too, in order to address our current times, mixing anger with solidarity, gratefulness, tenderness and courage.” – taken from the album’s Bandcamp page.

Sweet Talk by Wes Watkins

Wes Watkins makes subtle music with tons of important messages. He does not “claim to have all the answers” but he marches on presenting his thoughts, experiences and ideas for how we can all get along better. The song ‘Mason’ is a recommended listen that features dramatic melodies, beautiful lyrics and, like some of the other songs, audio clips of James Baldwin speaking.

Big Black: Stand At Attica by Stand At Attica

“Big Black: Stand At Attica is the sound of uprising and revolution! It is the story of an extraordinary man facing off against inhumane conditions and a callous Governor. It is a call for prison reform that is as relevant today as it was half a century ago.” – taken from the album’s Bandcamp album.

Product of the Outrage by Build and Destroy

Build and Destroy claim that their newly released rap album is a mandatory listen for oppressed people of the world. We don’t disagree.

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Video Of The Day: Ayo Burn by Nuka ft. Kaam Bhaari

The video of the day is by Indian artists who are tired of their government, like so many. The song was written around two years ago but released in the first days of this new decade.

According to Wild City the artists, Nuka and Kaam Bhaari “rap in English and Hindi, respectively, as their weapons of choice to lash out against the government and the apathetic, apolitical populace, as they address subjects such as marital rape, environmental destruction, data privacy, misogyny, farmer suicide, corruption, education and much more. Put together, it’s a glimpse into the country’s current affairs, and an urgent call to action.