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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 11:58 PM
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Rage frontman’s Arizona boycott swells to nearly 300 artists
Source: Raw Story

Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Roca is no stranger to shredding public policy in his line of work: indeed, rebel music has been the man's lifeblood for decades. Though already a legend in the music world, this is one socially motivated rocker who is not about to stop screaming for change.

De la Roca's latest endeavor, The Sound Strike, pitches him as not just the frontman to the most politically relevant mainstream rock group in the world, but also as the loudest voice encapsulating a charge of hundreds of artists and music groups that have agreed to boycott the state of Arizona over its crackdown on Mexican immigrants.

Since RAW STORY's last report on the group, Sound Strike's list of artists who've joined the boycott has swelled to nearly 300, with new names being added seemingly every day.

So far, artists to sign on for the boycott include major acts like Cypress Hill, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Connor Oberst, Rage Against the Machine, Serj Tankian, Nine Inch Nails, Rise Against, Maroon 5, Massive Attack, Sonic Youth, Anti-Flag, Ozomatli, Tenacious D and many others.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:00 AM
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1. K&R
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:07 AM
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2. good.... Arizona needs to wake the hell up
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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:48 AM
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23. The sleeper has awakened
The next step will be to use state funds to build a huge barbed wire fence along the border. If the federal government doesn't want to enforce existing laws, then Arizona will do it for them.
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:54 AM
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24. The Latin American community in Arizona will certainly wake up
The right wingers will get a sense of the giant they have stirred come the next elections
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:16 AM
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3. AND Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Shakira! nt
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:20 AM
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4. There's some good names on that list.
Glad I also like their music. Way to stand up for something!
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:26 AM
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5. We here in the New Mississippi...
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 12:27 AM by ProudDad
Home of the new racism...

And bat-crap crazy gun nuts...

Arizona...

and jon :puke: kyl

and brain-dead john :puke: mccain

Salute you!

:toast:
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:28 AM
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6. B, but it might hurt r,regular peeeple!!!
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 12:28 AM by Bonobo
Boy-cots don't werrrk!
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:16 AM
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7. It's a dumb idea.
The music, if you can call it that ( ok, Rage and NIN were the shit a decade and a half ago ), boycott, as well as the business boycotts who cancel their trips or business with companies based in AZ, only hurt the service industry. I guess, over time, that hurt might tricke-up to the most powerful, but that's a zany way to express disapproval. Rage should play Phoenix, and say what they think to the people of AZ.

It's ideological theater. These bands are more interested in making a statement and feeling good about themselves than they are interested in helping anyone.
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meowomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:22 AM
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8. RAGE is still the shit
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 01:22 AM by meowomon
And Zack is still the man.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:30 AM
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10. Eh....at playing songs from '92 I guess.
Unless you count KISS or Metallica or Maiden, that is...

;)
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:22 AM
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15. kiss? really? are you kidding?
and metallica? talk about not being good since 92
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:40 AM
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17. Indeed. Well said.
:applause:
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sweetloukillbot Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:27 AM
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9. I'm a music journalist in Phoenix....
In general I support the boycott - it might at least wake up some younger fans who would otherwise not be paying attention to the issue. And I am disappointed that Massive Attack won't be coming any time soon. But let's be realistic - at least 250 of the bands on that list have never played in Arizona and never would regardless of the boycott - they've just added their names for free publicity.
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percussivemadness Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:37 AM
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11. we`re in AZ also
There are far more disturbing things happening down here that the AZ Immigration legislation. By boycotting the State people are allowing the real nasty stuff to go unreported...MSNBC and Rachel Maddow should be ashamed of themselves, if ever a journalist has been shown up for an insensitive hypocrite, Rachel Maddow fits that bill, at least Limbaugh stands by his principles,Maddow is Full Of Shit...
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Suji to Seoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:26 AM
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13. being out the country and from Arizona as well, I hope your post was sarcasm
if it is, please disregard. :)

Sometimes, sarcasm does not translate well on a computer.
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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:44 AM
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21. Wrong to boycott Arizona
Well, I'm a legal immigrant, and I support the Arizona law. I don't see why the illegals can't follow the law, and apply at a US consulate like many of us do. This illegal alien flap just creates hassles for legal immigrants. And they do take jobs we could do, they take sub-standard wages, and allow rich folk to get away with murder. To me, this illegal alien issue is driven by rich folk who want cheap maids and construction workers, and don't give a damn about US blue collar workers. Those musicians, as far as I'm concerned, can stick their guitars up their noses.
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joeglow3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:11 PM
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27. Someone who agrees with me!!!!
I have never understood how someone can claim to support the working class and then support a problem that only serves to erode and destroy said working class. I am a son of a drywaller who felt the impacts of illegal immigration first hand growing up. Based on my experiences, I can never support illegal immigration.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:50 PM
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31. Wrong is a matter of opinion.
"...and allow the rich folk to get away with murder."

Would that those same rich folk who give campaign contributions to members of the state legislature. Those rich folk are responsible for getting the laws watered down that they will never be held accountable for the illegals that they hire.

Have you bothered to read the part where it basically says that employers can only be held responsible if they "knowingly" hire an illegal alien to work for them.

Here's the legal definition:

The word “knowingly” in law means consciously or with knowledge or complete understanding of the facts or circumstances.

That burden of proof will be hard for many prosecutors to overcome!


I lived in Arizona from 1997-2005, and while there were rumblings about illegal aliens, it was never so hate filled as it is now.

By the way some of those cheap maids probably work for the hotels that these groups would be staying in, so maybe it's a good thing that this boycott is in place.
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profile this Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:12 PM
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34. Well, I'm a legal
immigrant also and I couldn't disagree with you more. I live in Arizona and do not support a law that will lead to profiling. I'm a brown citizen and deserve the rights of any other citizen. I do not want to be treated any differently just because I might fit their profile of an illegal immigrant.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:20 PM
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36. Am I in the Twilight Zone?
Praise for rush and criticism of Rachel!? Are you fucking kidding?
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thelordofhell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:17 AM
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12. Then you will know a local promoter or venue
That will go broke because of this.

They should have put on a show and given proceeds to sue AZ for the law. Boycotting puts people out of jobs.

Once again the domino affect of losing our Democratic Governor to Homeland Security is destroying our state. I can't wait to get Terry Goddard in the Governor's chair so he can stop the bleeding.

:dilemma:
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sweetloukillbot Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:41 AM
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14. I see your point...
But most of those bands aren't high profile enough to make a damn bit of difference to local promoters. There are significant acts that draw regularly here that are boycotting (Pitbull, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello) but for most of those bands it is just an easy way to get their name in print. In ten years of covering music in Phoenix, I've never seen Jesus Chainsaw Massacre or Los Faggots (both actual bands boycotting the state) on a concert bill.
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:56 AM
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16. Well, it's good for local music; perhaps these promoters/venue owners
need to broaden their net. Maybe seek out local talent... Or, better yet, they should put pressure on the legislature to repeal the law. I mean, that is the point after all.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:57 AM
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18. Has Massive Attack...
... ever played in Arizona?

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sweetloukillbot Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:59 PM
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29. Once - they played here in 06 at the Celebrity Theatre...
Great show, although the stage didn't do their light show justice, and Daddy G's wife was having a baby, so he wasn't at the show. But they had Beth Fraser and Horace Andy along.
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Mike Daniels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:09 AM
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25. The list is greatly lacking in bands the average consumer has heard of
There's a few "names" but I think it's safe to say that at least 95% of those listed would generate a big "who?" from the average music fan.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:01 PM
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28. So boycotting South Africa "only hurt the service industry?"
:shrug:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:04 PM
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30. people can spend their money wherever they want
if they don't want to spend it in a state that passes such laws, then that's their right.

if it gets people to vote differently, then so much the better --AZ has long been known for reelecting brain dead reps to their legislature.

by the way, this is precisely what motivated Arizona to make MLK day a holiday...the NFL and other pro sports were abandoning them.
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spiritual_gunfighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:18 AM
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19. My band joined the boycott as well
We may not be as big as Rage Against The Machine, but we tour and our albums are sold in Arizona. No more.
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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:46 AM
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22. Good for you
The way things are now, we would boycott you if you start supporting illegals anyway. So might was well stick to states where illegal aliens aren't a big problem.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:37 AM
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20. More proof that RATM is pure AWESOMENESS!
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:04 PM
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26. Good! I love ratm.
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kgnu_fan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:51 PM
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32. Love RATM!!!!!
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John Kerry VonErich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:07 PM
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33. Took a look at the list
This boycott won't do any good. Many of the bands listed are small to medium venue performers. Very good bands yet they're considered jabronies in a business sense.
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Robert DAH Bruce Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:19 PM
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35. K&R
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:57 PM
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37.  Thank all of you for not coming
I'll do my part by not voting for Brewer and McCain.
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