Bill Hicks

This following piece on Bill Hicks used to be available online at http://dmproductions.freeyellow.com/hicks.html but since the page is no longer available, I thought I would publish it here to ensure it can continue to be read and enjoyed in cyberspace….. forever…. Enjoy!

Bill Hicks

With American comedian Bill Hicks there was always an awareness of other people, of how our society links together. With this came an idealism and a vision of what the world could be. But first he had to slay all the “fevered egos” polluting the planet. He saw himself as a flame, Shiva The Destroyer, using comedy as a weapon to expose truths and show people how governments are screwing us every day of our lives. He also happened to be achingly funny such was the accuracy of his comedy. At the age of 13 Bill Hicks did his first gig. Six weeks before his death, aged 32, he did the last. In the intervening years he frequently did over 250 gigs a year. He tried to reach as many people as possible, to put them in touch with inner and outer space in a majestic flight of one consciousness thinking. Those he inspired haven’t lost the ability to take a ride. Continue reading

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Gil Scott-Heron on HARDtalk

Gil Scott-Heron on BBC’s HARDtalk in 2001. Continue reading

Music With A Message: Immortal Technique

Before the presidential race in November 2004, the Immortal Technique song “Bin Laden“, featuring Mos Def and produced by DJ Green Lantern, emerged on Shade 45: Sirius Bizness. However, it took almost half a year until it was officially released on a 12” vinyl single in the summer of 2005. The single also contained a remix of the song featuring hip-hop legends Chuck D of Public Enemy and KRS-One. The song is controversial; it blames the Reagan Doctrine (under which the U.S. provided aid to the mujahideen in Afghanistan) and U.S. president George W. Bush for his administration’s implied liability for the September 11, 2001 attacks. Continue reading