márcia mandou pra gente (ou tom waits & marc ribot)…

La Complaine du Partisan,” a song about the French Resistance written in 1943 by Emmanuel d’Astier de la Vigerie with music by Anna Marly, was adapted into English as “The Partisan” by Hy Zaret, author of the Righteous Brother’s “Unchained Melody.” Covered by artists like Joan Baez and, most famously, Leonard Cohen, the song’s folk melody and melancholy lyricism have become so closely associated with Cohen that it has often been credited to him. Even Cohen himself remarked “I kind of re-introduced [“The Partisan”] into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t.”

Now another artist of Cohen’s stature, Tom Waits, may do the same for those who have never heard the World War II Italian anti-fascist song, “Bella Ciao,” which has been covered for decades in many languages and now appears as the first release on guitarist and composer Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance: 1942-2018, an album of protest music that comes out today and features guest vocals by Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, and more. You can stream and buy the album here at Ribot’s Bandcamp page. Waits’ track is the first song he has released in two years, and it’s a helluva return.

The song comes from an old Italian folk ballad that was “revised and re-written during World War II for the Italian anti-fascist resistance fighters,” notes Sam Barsanti at The Onion’s A.V. Club. It has “since become an anthem of sorts for anyone looking to stick it to fascists.” Ribot and his collaborators fit the description. Waits’ “Bella Ciao” was released with a video, directed by Jem Cohen, “that makes its parallels with modern life very explicit,” Barsanti writes, “pairing Waits’ vocals with footage of police and soldiers guarding barricades at anti-Trump protests. It may sound heavy-handed, but fuck it, nobody said fighting fascists had to be subtle.”

Subtle it isn’t, but neither is the banning of Muslim refugees, the kidnapping and detention in camps of hundreds of migrant children, the transfer of $169 million dollars from other programs—including FEMA and the Coast Guard during yet another fatal hurricane season—for even more camps and ICE raids, the lying denial that thousands were left to die in Puerto Rico last year, and so on and so on.

Other songs on the album draw from the U.S. civil rights movement and Mexican protest ballads. At his site, Ribot acknowledges the perennial problem of the protest song. “There’s a lot of contradiction in doing any kind of political music, how to act against something without becoming it, without resembling what you detest… I imagine we’ll make mistakes,” he avows, but says the stakes are too high not to speak out. “From the moment Donald Trump was elected,” he decided “I’m not going to play downtown scene Furtwangler to any orange-comb-over dictator wannabe.” (The reference is to Wilhelm Furtwängler, leading classical conductor in Germany under the Nazi regime.)

Like so many folk songs, “Bella Ciao” has a complex and murky history: the original version, a peasant work song, may have a Yiddish origin, or in any case—explains the blog Poemas del rio wang—emerged from a region “where Jews, Romanians, Rusyns, Gypsies, Ukranians, Hungarians, Italians, Russians, Slovakians, Polish, Czech, Armenians, [and] Taters lived together” and where “melodies did not remain the exclusive property of only one ethnic group.” This submerged background gives the re-written “Bella Ciao” an even deeper resonance with the anti-fascism of the 1940s and that of today.

See the video and hear Waits and Ribot’s haggard yet determined “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)”; read more about the song’s long history here. All proceeds from Ribot’s album will be donated to the Indivisible Project.


pedro mandou pra gente…

Lançamentos (em Porto Alegre) da biografia “Júpiter Maçã: A Efervescente Vida & Obra”

AQUI link pra pré-venda

5 de setembro, no Bar Ocidente (Porto Alegre), às 22h. Ingresso: R$ 30:
Lançamento da biografia Júpiter Maçã: A Efervescente Vida & Obra (Plus Editora), de Cristiano Bastos e Pedro Brandt, e show da banda Império da Lã – formada por músicos e amigos que tocaram com Flávio Basso em suas mais diversas bandas, translações, sacações, formações (Luciano Albo, Julio Cascaes e Ray-Z), além de integrantes da Império da Lã, como Carlos Carneiro (Bidê ou Balde). O livro será vendido e autografado no local.

9 de setembro, no a Cinemateca Capitólio Petrobras (Porto Alegre), às 18h. Gratuito:
Sessão especial com exibição de vídeos raros e históricos de Júpiter Maçã, incluindo apresentações de canções inéditas. Com entrada franca, a sessão complementa a noite de lançamento da biografia “Júpiter Maçã: A Efervescente Vida & Obra”, assinada por Cristiano Bastos e Pedro Brandt, que acontece no dia 5 de setembro no Bar Ocidente. Após a projeção, será realizado um debate com o músico Júlio Cascaes, parceiro criativo em diversos períodos da trajetória de Júpiter, e a produtora Paola Oliveira. O livro será vendido e autografado no local.

Sinopse do livro:
Assinada pelos jornalistas Cristiano Bastos e Pedro Brandt, a biografia “Júpiter Maçã: A Efervescente Vida & Obra” repassa a trajetória do cantor, compositor e multi-instrumentista Flávio Basso (1968-2015), músico gaúcho que integrou as bandas TNT e Cascavelletes e, em carreira solo, lançou discos com os pseudônimos Júpiter Maçã e Jupiter Apple. O livro traça a vida do biografado do nascimento à morte, passando por suas vitórias (uma irregular, porém cultuada carreira de rockstar, quase incomparável no Brasil), amores, amizades, aventuras e desventuras (alcoolismo, paranoia, a morte precoce de seu único filho) com riqueza de detalhes, revelações, informações inéditas e, ainda, farto material fotográfico.

rudeboy (ou preto & branco)…

A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture told through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, TROJAN RECORDS. Combining archive footage, interview and drama – RUDEBOY tells the story of Trojan Records by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60’s and early 70’ Britain and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. Told by a cast of legendary artists including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more. Director: Nicolas Jack Davies