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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

What’s Going On
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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It is testament to the power of Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On that its songs have been covered by hundreds of artists, almost from the moment it was released in 1971.

What makes this latest reinterpretation powerful is that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band have turned it into a cry of rage at the fate of their hometown, New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina.

The Dirty Dozen’s massive horns amplify some of the sentiments of the original arrangements – particularly on the track “Save The Children”. An array of singers and rappers leave no room for doubt about who they believe is to blame for the disaster.

Chuck D from Public Enemy raps on the title track, linking the failure of reconstruction in Louisiana to the war in Iraq.

On “Inner City Blues”, Guru gives an insight into the mindset of a Katrina survivor who can take no more, saying, “This is the moment when the tables will turn, when the lies, the myths and the fables will burn.”

Even lovers of Marvin’s original will find something new here.

Yuri Prasad

The Corporation
Free download available now

The award winning documentary The Corporation has recently been released as a free download.

The documentary looks at the power held by large corporations and the harm that they do to the planet and people.

Mark Achbar, the producer and co-director of the documentary decided to share the film when he saw that over 500,000 people had downloaded a pirated version.

Achbar said, “As a filmmaker and activist, one of my goals is to reach the largest audience.”

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Sat 16 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2031
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