TMZ: Only US Television Program to Cover Latest Report of CIA Using Music to Torture Detainees

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 4:34 pm

Another example of the government using rock music to torture detainees was reported last week. But it appears the only television or broadcast news program to cover and report on this further was TMZ. Journalist Jason Leopold wrote a story for Al Jazeera that was published on April 9 on the contents of the Senate [...]

A Merry Christmas Message (And Some Tunes)

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 12:28 am

Christmas is about being with the people you love. It is about appreciating the others you have in your life and taking a moment out of your busy life to acknowledge the value of living. I am spending the day with family. On my mother’s side, I am lucky to still have my ninety-eight year old [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Under the Bridge’ by Jill Sobule with John Doe

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 9:38 am

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians are translating today’s social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has decided to launch a daily feature that highlights a protest song every day. More Americans filed jobless claims last week than forecast. In other words, the United [...]

Eighteen Noteworthy Musical Performances for the Occupy Movement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:51 pm

From its inception, the Occupy movement has had music, with drum circles and occupiers with guitars livening up protest scenes. It has well-known musicians come to Zuccotti Park to play music or sing or rap for occupiers. Occupy Musicians rallied support for the movement in the first months. It managed to convince a long list [...]

Ten Holiday Songs to Wish You a Merry Christmas

By: Sunday December 25, 2011 1:44 am

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without holiday music. But, I am not talking about the standards, the songs that are over played on the radio and in Big Box stores, which people endure as they scramble around to purchase gifts and prepare for Christmas Day. I am talking about the blues, doo wop, R&B & soul. [...]

Jackson Browne & Dawes Play Zuccotti (VIDEO)

By: Friday December 2, 2011 10:58 am

Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne and the band Dawes performed at Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street yesterday. Browne, Dawes and two very talented female vocalists played about a six song set that began with Browne unsuccessfully trying to talk to his audience. Without a microphone, he was told to use the “human mic” that Occupy Wall [...]

David Crosby & Graham Nash Play Liberty Square (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 1:46 pm

Musicians David Crosby & Graham Nash, who both have been playing music for over forty years and are best known for their work as members of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, visited Occupy Wall Street in the afternoon on November 8. They played a set for occupiers in Liberty Square that was about [...]

Live Blog for #OWS: Day 36, Pete Seeger & Occupiers March to Columbus Circle

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 10:01 am

Spirits were high last night as occupiers were joined by 92-year-old folk legend Pete Seeger for a late night march to Columbus Circle, where a midnight performance featuring Seeger’s grandson Tao Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, composer David Amram, bluesman Guy Davis and others. A live stream of the action offered millions an opportunity to view the [...]

Reflecting on 9/11 Through Song

By: Sunday September 11, 2011 12:52 pm

The deluge of 9/11 reflections and editorials on the aftermath has been overwhelming. It is tempting to contribute more commentary on how the US has responded to terrorism and what the government has treated as “terrorism” since the attacks. It would be easy to go through incident by incident and point to atrocity after atrocity, [...]

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