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Against the Empire: A Night of Radical Folk Legends

Thursday, March 03, 2005
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
AK Press
Location Details:
At the AK Press Warehouse 674-A 23rd. St Oakland, CA
between MLK and San Pablo - near 19th St. BART and West Grand Exit of 80/980
For more info contact AK Press at 510.208.1700,
or visit
All events at AK Press are wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, March 3rd – 7 PM
Against the Empire: A Night of Radical Folk Legends
Featuring Robb Johnson, David Rovics, and Folk This! performing their greatest hits.

ROBB JOHNSON is now widely recognized as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. He enjoys a diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – "a modern-day Dostoyevsky" said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD "Gentle Men" Folk Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998, & Tony Benn, the UK’s leading radical politician, says Johnson’s "Winter Turns To Spring" is his favorite song.

He has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets & benefits, arts centers & festivals, local radio, BBC Radio 3 & 4, Belgian Radio 1, Nicaraguan TV & Channel 4, the Albert Hole in Bristol &, as part of Roy Bailey’s 1998 concert, the Albert Hall in London. Check him out at:

DAVID ROVICS is a legendary political songwriter who believes "music can be more than an escape. It can be that, yes, fine, but it can also be a hammer, to paraphrase Bertolt Brecht, it can be a tool for selling products on the one hand, or part of the stockpile of ammunition necessary to build and maintain a social movement."

Since the mid-90's Rovics has basically spent his entire life on tour, playing concerts around the US, Canada and various countries in Europe. The vast majority of his gigs are protests, rallies, picket lines, and direct actions. In recent years he has shared the stage with many fine activists including Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Desmond Tutu, Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Ward Churchill, Jello Biafra, Dead Prez, Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Bruce Cockburn, the Indigo Girls, Steve Earle and many others. Rovics’ greatest hits album, Behind the Barricades, was recently released by AK Press.
Check him out at:

Folk This! is a bridge, a connection. Through music they attempt to link the generations who came of age in the 60's and 70's and the new activists making waves in the protest movement of today. The songs they sing come form many sources, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and further back to times of slavery and the Paris commune, the hymns and anthems of the IWW and the songs of labor and anti-fascism. This bridge is not only musical, it is real.
Added to the calendar on Fri, Feb 25, 2005 3:12PM
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