Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has launched a new Web site,
Protest-Records.com, offering free MP3s of anti-war songs.
Among the songs now available on the site are Cat Power’s
“Rockets” and “Maybe Not,” the Beastie Boys’ “In a World Gone Mad,”
Stephan Smith’s “Business,” Eugene Chadbourne’s “New New New War
War War,” and a nine-minute cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War”
by Geraldine Fibbers’ frontwoman Carla Bozulich with drummer Scott
Amandola (formerly of T.J. Kirk). Anne Waldman’s poem “Rogue State”
is also featured.
According to the Protest-Records.com’s mission statement, the
site “exists for musicians, poets and artists to express love and
liberty in the face of greed, sexism, racism, hate-crimes and war.
Fight the good fight.”
In addition to the music and poetry, Protest Records’ site
includes seven stencils to be downloaded, printed, cut out and
spray-painted over. Among the images are an inverted, flaming
American flag with an anarchy-“A” superimposed over the stars
(which also reads, “Fuck the Flag,” a commentary on Washington’s
doings rather than an order), a skull and crossbones with George W.
Bush’s face subbing for the former, and other icons with phrases
including “Give Up War for Lent” and “Sit In, Walk Out.”