Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Shares Criticism Of Pilgrims On Thanksgiving

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Former Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello tweeted on Thanksgiving: “My 6yr old: ‘This holiday is kinda sad. The pilgrims ate the NativeAmericans food & then took their land. It should be called ThanksGETTING.'”

Prophets of Rage/Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and Chuck D were recently interviewed on the Talkhouse podcast. Morello claimed that some radio stations in ‘red states’ that voted for President Trump will not play Prophets of Rage’s new album.

Asked about their views on American protest music, Tom said:

“If we’re talking about the history of American protest music and how it’s changed, I think there’s one element that hasn’t changed is that people in whatever vocation they’re in, whether they’re musicians or journalists or carpenters or whatever, that have a conscious that feels there’s injustice in the world, some percentage of them are going to fight back. Some of them are going to act up in their line of work, whether it’s through the carpenter’s union or through some student demonstrations or in concerts or in studios. I believe those are all in the world of music, those are all links, in folk music, you talk about there’s links in the chain. From the prison chain gangs of Louisiana through the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and into the punk rock era of the Sex Pistols and The Clash then Public Enemy and then you’ve got the System of a Downs and Rage Against The Machines and the countless artists who do not chart, but are making music that’s impactful and thousands of demonstrations around the world throughout the course of decades.”

Morello and Chuck D also talked about the implications of taking a political side has on a musician’s career and whether any newer artists are willing to go out on a limb like they are to express their political beliefs:

“Any time I post anything on my social media, whether it’s a tweet or whether it’s an Instagram that tangentially talks about [President Donald] Trump or neo-Nazis, people will vehemently not be your fan,” said Tom. “I know on our current record, there are some stations in the red [Republican Party] states that will not play a Prophets of Rage song because of the lyrical content. So, if you have to be someone who goes ‘I don’t fucking care. This is what I believe in. I’m going to do that.’ But in an age where it’s a near-impossibility to make a living as a musician, people do that calculation. Like, ‘Do I want to alienate forty to fifty-five percent of a potential audience by taking a political stand and maybe not have a ‘career’ in the music industry or do I say what I believe and let the chips fall where they may? We’ve always let the chips fall where they may, but I understand that kind of societal pressure to water it down.”

Chuck D added:

“There has to be people like us that need to be able to encourage a person that loves music and wants to make music that they can make some sort of living off of making music. Not that they’re going to be able to ride around in PJs and limos and stuff like that, but the society has to be able to uphold someone who wants to be able to be a musician. I think it’s necessary for someone to learn to be able to play guitar. Chords are real; chords are a vibration of life. They receive chords for things that go beyond us having a tangible explanations. Like, ‘I feel good because the way the person played.’ Even if it’s a harp or whatever. I think this support of encouraging musicians that they could be okay when they get a sense of themselves and saying things people need and it will come around. I don’t know if that’s utopian, but somebody has to say something, because at the end of the day, corporations having a major say on whether a person is going to be a musician or not, that can’t happen.”

  • Corndog

    You current modern day Americans ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    • nomad

      I’m ashamed of myself for how much I ate

      • Corndog

        You know I was kidding right? I think it’s daft when celebrities seem to suggest that current generations should feel responsible for things that happened in the past. It’s like saying current Germans should feel responsible for the Nazi party.

        • makingconnections

          “The sins of the Fathers…” I think there are many German people who feel a sense of remorse over what their grandparents supported, probably mostly out of fear. Here in Canada we have a huge part of our government’s energy going towards reconciliation on our behalf with First Nations people and the settling of treaties that were signed a long time ago. Some are resentful but I believe they’re doing the honourable thing.
          I fear that if we don’t talk about history we’ll have younger people heading back to Nazi thinking as is happening in Germany and other places as we speak.

          • Corndog

            Absolutely, young people should be aware of the past but they shouldn’t feel guilt over things they weren’t personally responsible for.

            I’m sure whatever you’re doing in Canada is the right thing. You always come across as such nice polite folks:)

          • makingconnections

            I know, we’re described as polite or perhaps as some Americans say, their retarded cousins from the North, but I’m proud of lots of things about us, so thanks. I’m really for any effort to help First Nations people, especially the women.

          • Corndog

            I’ve only met a few Canadians in my time but they were always really nice people. Do Americans really call you that? That’s so mean. Look at their president too. People in glass houses…..

          • nomad

            I’ve never heard Canadians called that! I think we Americans fit that description better anyway – except from the South.

          • Corndog

            It’s quite fitting when applied to us folks from Ireland too!

          • makingconnections

            HAHA! Actually, we wear it well at times too….especially 7:00 after work on Fridays. We use your Irish expression: “Is this a private donnybrook, or can anyone join in?!”

          • Corndog

            I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard that expression before. Perhaps it’s from the Republic:)

          • makingconnections

            Oh yes, I forgot about that completely…just goes to show how we forget. Anyway, any country’s people can be goofy and obnoxious at times, let face it. My husband once said regarding our relationship: “There’s only so much power and we pass it around.” Sometimes I think that’s true of our goodness and badness; it’s always being passed around.

          • Corndog

            Your husband sounds like a wise fella:)

          • makingconnections

            Every now and then he comes out with something so wise that it stops me in my tracks…what the H? Then he goes back to being the workaholic man I know. He’s always gives people the benefit of the doubt and mentors young guys a lot…that’s what I really admire about him.

          • Corndog

            Sounds like you have quite an enviable relationship. I’m still looking for that myself! I’ve sort of reached that age where I feel like I should have settled down already. I’m hitting 40 next year and honestly it’s freaking me right out!

          • makingconnections

            We’ve been together since we were in our early 20’s and it hasn’t been “a bowl of roses”. I think marriage is very challenging and many times we could have walked away. We’ve never cheated on each other…I think that’s what saved us.
            Don’t worry, they say that men who’ve “been around the block a few times” make the best husbands. When you meet the right person you’ll be appreciative.

          • Corndog

            I do have a son but I feel like he should have a few siblings by now. Things didn’t work out with his mother and we never married but I honestly think I dodged a bullet there. He’s sitting on the other end of the sofa right now watching a Marilyn Manson concert on YouTube:)

          • makingconnections

            You’re probably right re the bullet if you feel even a little relieved.

            I think having one child is a beautiful thing. You have so much one-on-one time and don’t have to spend so much time sorting them out (especially if they are close in age). I don’t know why people always feel that one will be too indulged if they don’t have a sibling. I don’t think that’s true; however, larger families are nice too….it works out as it does. I hope you meet a nice woman to share life with.

            P.S. Sometimes I think, if my husband isn’t around a little more I’m definitely having an affair…instead I watch Scott Weiland dance. Thanks for saving my marriage Scott, wherever you are!

          • dakotablue

            Big Bang Baby and Sour Girl. Yes.

          • makingconnections

            Thank you! I had forgotten about Sour Girl….Wow!! I always gravitate to Interstate Love Song.

          • Corndog

            I get what you’re saying but I sort of feel he’s missing out by not having a sibling. I grew up with a brother and really enjoyed that closeness you get with a sibling that’s close to your own age.

            As far as meeting someone is concerned, I think that ship has sailed. I’m too old now. Wouldn’t have a clue where to begin:)

            I’m glad Scott is doing his part to keep your marriage going. Plenty of YouTube videos out there in case you get the urge!

          • makingconnections

            You’re not done at 39 or 49!! Start with the positive self-talk right now!! And get out and about socially…volunteer or something. There could be someone waiting for you and to be a bright light in your son’s life as well. Best Wishes.

          • Corndog

            I’ve never really been that great at socialising if I’m honest. I’m one of those weird shy introverted types and very set in my ways and a bit of a geek with music and science fiction and such. I really don’t think I’m much of a catch. I don’t have much to offer a prospective mate. I’m kind of an awkward, strange little asshole:)

          • makingconnections

            Haha….funny you should describe yourself that way. Only a couple of hours ago I was telling my husband (affectionately) that he was a freak and it wouldn’t surprise me if on his deathbed he confessed to some sort of odd behaviour I didn’t know about. His reply was that if I was at all hoping for something dramatic like that I was going to be disappointed. The irony of your description of yourself is the best. Actually the description doesn’t sound unattractive to me and probably to a lot of other women. You don’t sound dull and who wants a flamboyant, about- town guy for a mate anyway? There’s somebody for everybody I believe….maybe a woman you’d never thought would interest you at all as you get to be more mature you’d be interested in. That’s something that changes for the better I think.

          • Corndog

            Thanks:)

          • makingconnections

            P.S. Seeing as how we’re being honest, I’m a mouthy, over-nurturing, opinionated too sure of herself asshole.

          • makingconnections

            Are the people from the South truly more civilized?

          • nomad

            I meant all of America being south of Canada.

          • makingconnections

            Have you heard the Gandhi quote, when asked what he thought of Western Civilization–“wouldn’t it be nice.”

          • makingconnections

            Nomad, I hope you have time to check out Steve Marriott sometime as well. I’d love to know what you think of the music and performances. The Small Faces with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood too is intriguing.
            Sometimes I think our children should study Rock Music at school and this would be the place I’d start I think. Boy would they get engaged in such a class!

          • makingconnections

            Oh, it’s not that prevalent, the term, but lots of us have heard it. Hey, we have some bad names for our neighbours at times as well. We are being invaded in the area where I live because it’s beautiful and the Americans say they feel safer here. They have bought so much property on the island I lived on for quite some time that young people can’t afford to live where they grew up. They come for 6 weeks of the year or so and lots of the places sit empty that used to contain some pretty amazing families, some having been there for generations. The school is about to shut down and it’s almost become a gated community.

          • Corndog

            That’s a shame. Pity there isn’t enough room for everyone to enjoy the area. Also a shame that the Americans feel they need to travel to another country to feel safe.

          • makingconnections

            In the end it’s more about power and money that nationalities. The Chinese are buying so many businesses and corporations and literally all of the old folks homes for some reason.
            Maybe we’ll have to do what New Zealand is thinking of doing and putting a limit on foreign ownership.

          • Corndog

            Well America is all about putting themselves first at the minute so I see no reason why you can’t do the same.

          • dakotablue

            Shouldn’t it be ” ‘EY, we have some bad names for our neighbors at times as well”? As far as Humble Pie, Rock On was a fantastic album (Shine On, Stone Cold Fever). Peter Frampton was with them at that time also.

          • makingconnections

            Actually, I don’t notice people saying “eh” so much anymore…maybe I just don’t notice.
            Re Humble Pie: my favorite is “I don’t Need No Doctor”. It’s wild eh?

        • makingconnections

          Hey Corndog: Changing the subject a lot, being closer to England than we are in North America, I have a question for you. Do you know of Steve Marriott? I discovered him a few years ago and love that era and feel like today’s rock musicians stand on his shoulders so to speak.
          I love “Tin Soldier” especially and his performances with “Humble Pie”.

          • Corndog

            Sorry no. Not a name I’m familiar with. What kind of music? Sounds like classic rock perhaps from what you’ve said?

          • makingconnections

            Perhaps it would be described as the “Mod” era. It’s early Rock and Roll and Steve Marriott performed with The Small Faces, as did Rod Stewart. He was very cool then. Check out “Tin Soldier” with the Small Faces and “Stay With Me” (Rod Stewart) by the Small Faces as well. You’ll get a good glimpse of Rod Wood in the early days that is brilliant. (love the clothes as well!)

          • Corndog

            I’ll have a look on YouTube. Cheers:)

        • nomad

          I know you were kidding and so was I.

          • Corndog

            Grand, just checking:)

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  • Nobody plays Prophets of Rage on the radio because it is garbage. Tom Morello was lucky he fell in with Rage Against the Machine because his solo stuff from the Watchmen is weak.

    • nomad

      The play them on my local station all the time.

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