“Summer of Rage” by Shooter Jennings & Hierophant

“Summer of Rage” by Shooter Jennings & Hierophant from Shooter Jennings & Hierophant on Vimeo.

From the press release:

This Tuesday, Shooter Jennings released the epic, conspiracy theory fueled concept album Black Ribbons! Now have your first look at the official video for Summer Of Rage, directed by Shooter and his wife, Drea de Matteo.

The NY Times review
was predictably snide and mocking, always an important indicator that an artist is doing something new and dangerous. Do I believe all the conspiracy theories that Jennings portrays in the video? It doesn’t matter, that’s not the point. We live in increasingly tumultuous times and Black Ribbons accurately echoes, reinforces, and comments upon that political and social tumult. Plus it’s great music and makes you think.

We need change in the country. It won’t come from being polite or voting or liberals thinking maybe if they try a different approach that Obama will get a clue. Nor will it come from the far left, who despite their mighty promises to lead the proletariat through a capitalist crisis when it comes, is sitting this one out, confused and demoralized. Nope, instead the change will come through the mostly spontaneous uprising of regular folks. In part, that’s what the Tea Party and conspiracy theories are about, Black Ribbons too. It’s the sense that things are going very wrong in the country and now is the time to take action.

Works for me. And you?

One comment

  1. Very, VERY nicely put. I think that’s the most honest and truthful evaluation of the album that I have seen, and your take on the political movements currently going on in the States is very interesting. It is time to take action, but it’s hard to get people to get things to change when there is so much political polarization. That’s what’s wrong in our times, the mass media and its population control. Anyways, nice take. I hope you like mine.

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