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Why Prophets of Rage Are the Protest Band We Need in 2016 | Consequence of Sound

Prophets of Rage will kickoff their Make America Rage Again concert tour at the Cleveland 2016 Republican National Convention on July 19. Tickets are $20. A portion of concert proceeds will go to homeless shelters and food banks. The group may also appear at the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention later in the month.

SOURCE: Why Prophets of Rage Are the Protest Band We Need in 2016 | Consequence of Sound…

“Anger has been a common theme in this year’s election, with Trump and Sanders acting as opposite pillars on the ideological rage spectrum, each proposing themselves as an alternative to the political artifice. The irony of this is not lost on [Tom] Morello: “In this election year where I’ve heard so many commentators say that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders are raging against the machine, the architects of the real Rage Against the Machine had to step up and say, ‘We’re gonna show you how to do it right.’” ‘Doing it right,’ in Morello’s view, is not making a choice between candidates who will most likely be unable to effect real change. Instead, Prophets of Rage are calling for ground-up political activism.” ~ Mandy Freebairn

Prophets of Rage “Make America Rage Again” (Live at the Whisky) | Bloomberg Politics

“Los Angeles—Before the Prophets of Rage debut show at The Whisky, Tom Morello, Chuck D and B-Real discuss Donald Trump, the two-party system, and why it’s time to #MakeAmericaRageAgain. Featuring performances of “Prophets of Rage” (Public Enemy), “Take the Power Back” (Rage Against the Machine) and their new track “The Party’s Over.” ~ Bloomberg Politics

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • I grew up listening to RATM and to me they just sound like a tired/stale RATM. When they broke up, it was a ‘yooj’ loss to the music scene; they were political and radical before it became ‘cool’ to be anti-war and political during the Bush years. They were at the cutting edge of music in those days as well, blending rap, rock, and elements of funk together was a new thing. Prophets are prophetic because they are ahead of their time, but these guys are musically and athestically behind the times. Like Sanders, they can say “I told you so!” after their decades of activism and politicking but to me that’s not really exciting as a musical proposition.

    Sorry if that’s harsh but that’s just how I see it. I am glad that they are still trying to make political music even if it’s something that doesn’t appeal to me.

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