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Our tradition at Liberaland has been to present the classic Arlo Guthrie song, “Alice’s Restaurant.” It’s based on a true story and is satirical take on the counter culture of the 1960’s. But it is also a protest song against the Vietnam war and the military draft. Particularly telling is the hypocrisy of the draft […]

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary has spent a lifetime combining his music with the fight for civil rights and justice. We discussed his years relationships with Paul Stookey and the late Mary Travers, and how he uses music to fight for social justice and peace. Yarrow described what it was like playing at […]

At the Concert for Valor, Bruce Springsteen joined Zac Brown and Dave Grohl performing Creedence Clearwater’s “Fortunate Son”. And  deep misunderstanding of the song led conservatives to go ballistic. …conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard raged against the performance, calling “Fortunate Son” an “an anti-war screed, taking shots at ‘the red white and blue.’ It […]

Richard Branson denies he offered Led Zeppelin an $800 million deal that Robert Plant rejected. “As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story,” Branson wrote in a blog post he called “Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin rumors.” He also shot down bizarre claims he planned to name […]

The new, unauthorized biography is by her former ghostwriter, David Ritz. Ritz, who penned Aretha’s 1999 memoir “From These Roots,” now claims that material was cut by the fiercely private singer from that first tome, including that the gospel circuit, which Aretha and her own father toured on, was known as the “Sex Circus,” with […]

No amount of money can get Robert Plant to reunite with his Led Zeppelin bandmates. The 66-year-old singer walked away from a 35-date tour that would have paid the rock group nearly $800 million — ripping up the contract in front of stunned promoters, the Mirror newspaper reported Sunday. British tycoon Sir Richard Branson had […]

Brad Paisley knows his audience. He had it right at the Country Music Awards. “If any of you were tuning in tonight expecting to see the new show Blackish…yeah, this ain’t it,” Country Music Awards host Brad Paisley said Wednesday night. “In the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying Whiteish.” He then introduced Keith Urban, […]

The Star Mangled Banner

Aaron Lewis of Staind had a difficult time remembering the words to the National Anthem Sunday. After starting with “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed,” Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he sang “ were so gallantly streaming,” words […]

Dolly Parton did a sit-down with Billboard magazine. Dollywood attracts lots of church groups, but it has also become a draw for the LGBT community. What does that say about you? It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want […]

Just 8 seconds of static, obviously a glitch is, nevertheless, on top of the Canadian charts. Swift dropped her newest single from her upcoming album 1989, and, like all Taylor Swift singles, it is rocketing up the charts. It even reached number one on Canada’s iTunes bestseller list, before it was mysteriously removed this morning. National […]

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