Art Is Protest.
source:http://www.musicfanclubs.org/rage/words2.htm and the internets.
The famous speech on 02/02/93 Stokholm at the Melody.
“We’ve got to regain knowledge again, and we’ve got to regain an understanding again, of who we are. Not just those chosen to fuel systems, but individuals who have the power to criticize and analyze, and attack injustice when it becomes prevalent and apparent in front of our faces like it is in ours right now. We’ve been all put to sleep. Put to sleep to a system. A system that continues to perpetrate ignorance amongst our spirit and amongst our minds. One that wants you not to act. A system that would rather see all of you at that bar drinking beer filling your minds being put to sleep with beer or with drugs rather than acting against it and fighting a system which has been perpetrating imperialist lies and other fucking bullshit for five hundred years. So fuckin drink up or fuckin wake up. Your part of the solution or your part of the fuckin problem. I am sick and tired of my own complacence in my life and I know I’m fuckin sick of yours. So wake up and stop fuckin sleeping. Wake Up.”
Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory, Mumia Benefit
“Check it out, check it out. Apparently just before this concert, there was some friends of ours in an organization called “The Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal”. And somebody that came out here to pass out some information were sweated for wearing this very t-shirt right here (Zack points to his shirt and it has a picture of Mumia in cuffs and it say’s “Free Mumia Abu-Jamal” underneath it). Now apparently it wasn’t one of the promoters, and it wasn’t some security guard, and I’m not going to make any assumptions but we’re not nieve enough to think that there aren’t members of the intelligence community right here in this fucking crowd who wanna prevent you from understanding why Mumia Abu-Jamal should be free. So let this be a message to you mister whoever the fuck you are and whoever they think they are. You’re not going to intimidate us, and your not going to intimidate anyone in here from becoming a part of the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Yes. So in the back over here there’s a table setup, and any of you can go over there and pick up as much information as you want. You should really check that shit out. Please do.”
Before “Without a Face” from Live and Rare:
It seems as soon as the wall of Germany fell, the US government was busy building one between the border between the US and Mexico. Since 1986 as result of a lot of the hate talk and hysteria that the the government of the United States has been speaking, 1500 bodies have been found on the border. We wrote this song in response to it. Its called Without a Face.”
This one’s from a show in Philadelphia, PA at J.C. Dobbs, say’s this during the “through counter intelligence” part in “Wake Up”:
“I’ve got to expose hypocrisy in my own self. The conciousness of my own self, before I ever stand up and speak for other individuals who are trying to be the same. “And there were men in this country who gave us the power to think critically again. There were men in this country who rose up and lifted there minds out of the choices and lifted there minds up and showed all of us that we are individuals who can use our mind and our spirit to fight a hypocritical and brutal system. ———— used in spirit to speak to all of us regardless of color, regardless of up bringing, and regardless of class and showed us all that this is a country that for 500 years has murdered, and enslaved, and stolen our land, and kept us from seeing ourselves as who we truly are. “When I began to read “X”, I realized that I don’t have to be ashamed of my brown skin. And when he became a threat to this system, they fuckin shot him. In the 70’s where people like Dennis Banks, where people like Russell Means, where people like Leo Peltier stood up for there people in self defense of there people, in self defense of human rights, there lives were threatened. And Leo Peltier still rots in a jail cell to this very day for speaking out against those rights. Why do we sit so complacent? Why don’t we fuckin act? Wake up.”
This one’s from 02/02/93 in Stockholm at the Melody, before “Bullet In the Head”:
“For hundreds of years America has sent people into the fuckin Middle East in the name of freedom, in the name of democracy and have murdered innocent women and children to rape, conquer and divide them of there resources. Today the situation still stands and people are still being murdered in the name of freedom. Wake up to your powers as an individual and speak out and act against fucking imperialistic actions like this.”
Zack’s speaks out on Leonard Peltier before Bombtrack
“I’m talking about the American Indian Movement…when in 1977, afer a series of long struggles against the BIA – get the spotlight out of my fuckin’ eye man…I’m I’m talking to people, and I can’t even see ’em…in 1977, after a long series of struggles, the Oglala Sioux reservation was under attack by the FBI people who were involved in the movement there, involved in defending their culture, defending their freedom, were being taken away, were being kidnapped, were being murdered. And of one man, who happened to be one of the leaders of AIM, was thrown in jail. He has sat there for 17 years for crimes he did not commit. His name is Leonard Peltier. And this brotha’s been in jail and served his people and has served true freedom and constitutional rights and is being denied his own. And I think it’s a hypocrisy all of us need to expose in this country, so that if we wanna raise our voice, or our selves, here in America, and so that the same doesn’t happen. We’ve got some pamphlets in the back, where we’re selling some shirts. Please pick one up, and please send your name and your address so you can send it to – what’s his name – that fuckin’ dixie-crat Clinton – whoever that fuckin’ punk is…let’s fill this punk’s room full a fuckin’ mail. I know it’s not the fuckin’ most powerful form of fuckin’ change. Let’s get this fuckin’ ball rollin’. This song is called boooooombtrack.”
Another view of Christmas, at the KROQ Acoustic X-mas show:
“When I say no more lies…I’m telling you that we’re not hear to celebrate this lie that is Christmas. With images of Santa, this prosperous white man, bringing presents and good hope to the communities of our countries is a fat lie. And is one installed only to legitimize the falsehood which is white supremecy. So no more lies…no more lies…”
Zapatista speech in Bullet in the Head at Tibetan Freedom Concert:
“Just for your personal attention, we would announce, and make very clear, that the U.S. government is starting another Vietnam in southern Mexico. We would like to make this very clear to you, because we believe, we strongly believe that the media in the U.S. is blocking it from your attention. What they’re attempting to do, is prevent you, from getting involved here, to prevent the death of millions of indigenous people who took up arms, against the 65 year old dictatorship: the P.R.I. And at this moment in time, millions of indigenous people are being chased into the hillsides, by armies…fueled, and funded by the U.S. government. By the Clinton administration, by William Perry, and all them fuckin’ pigs up in Washington. And we fell that it’s important that we all know that and understand that, and that our action can stop it. So are you standin’ in line? You believin’ the lies? You bowin’ down to this flag? You gotta bullet in your head?….”
Here’s an intro to Bullet in the Head:
“This next song goes out to those who still believe that there is an american dream. And still believe that within that dream there is something called freedom. It is time to fucking wake up, and begin to truely think for ourselves, and find new sources of information… otherwise – things like what’s happening in the persian gulf with continue. They will be able to make decisions for you, unless you fucking wake up, and take that vail of complacence from your eyes, and fucking begin to remove the bullet from your head.”
“7 years ago, I founded an organization called Parents for Rock and Rap, which fights for absolute freedom for artists in the music industry. And, you young people know there are alot of censors out there, and it’s up to you to fight them. And the way that you can fight them, is boycott any record shops that won’t sell stickered albums to minors…and also go in tell them why you’re boycotting. And now….I’d like to introduce: the best band in the fuckin’ universe: Rage Against the Machine!”
The first time I heard this band, it was at the end of The Matrix, and the words still scream even now: “Wake Up!”. There are no words.