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Arts, Culture and Resistance with Boots Riley and Davey D, San Francisco, 6/16/12: audio & photos
As a fundraiser for the Socialism 2012 conference in Chicago later this month, a talk entitled "Arts, Culture and Resistance" with Boots Riley and Davey D was held at the Redstone Building in San Francisco on June 16th. The discussion explored the intersection of social justice movements and the arts, their direct and indirect influences on each other, as well as the commercial forces working against radical art forms and movements. On a more personal level, the conversation delved into Boots' role as both an artist and an organizer, from the early 1990s when The Coup first started performing to more recently with the rise of Occupy Oakland including the two shutdowns of the Oakland Port. (Full audio below)
[Pictured above: Boots Riley and Davey D listen to a question from an audience member]
Boots Riley is a musician and community activist. Boots is the MC for Oakland favorites The Coup, having produced bumping and politically-charged hip hop for two decades now. More recently he has collaborated with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on the Street Sweeper Social Club. Boots has been active with Occupy Oakland and other social justice movements. Boots' forthcoming book, titled Lyrics in Context, 1993-2012, will be available in August and The Coup will be releasing their sixth album, Sorry to Bother You, in September of this year.
Davey D is a long-time hip hop journalist, community activist, creator of Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner website, and host and co-founder of Hard Knock Radio, a syndicated radio program focusing on hip hop culture and politics.
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International Socialist Organization (ISO) in the Bay Area
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Boots and Davey D graciously answered questions, some a bit off topic and a few rather pointed, from the audience for close to an hour.