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GRITtv Interview: Tom Morello, Musician and Activist

It’s Memorial Day and if there’s a theme to today’s GRITtv posts it’s this: It’s one thing to remember the dead; it’s another to recover the living. To start, here’s Tom Morello "one-man revolution" rock hero.

You might have watched a couple of minutes of my interview with Morello on FDL. Here’s the whole thing (and a music video) in which he talks about what it’s going to take to recover this country from its current mess. Tom was backstage in New York just before a concert benefiting Road Recovery, a 10-year-old program that helps kids get out of addiction and into music.

Road Recovery offers workshops, sober road crew connections, performance opportunities, speaker seminars, master classes and just about everything a young person might need to get on track while staying hip. The drug-affected music industry professionals who founded it know just how hard it is to get and stay clean in an industry that can romanticize self-destruction. Morello’s Axis of Justice Tour donated tour proceeds to local issues at every stop — Road Recovery, Sweet Home New Orleans, Amnesty International, Iraq Veterans Against the War. This guy — well, just watch the interview and tell us what you think. It’s going to take a whole lot of rock heroes to recover this nation.

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GRITtv Interview: Tom Morello, Musician and Activist

It’s Memorial Day and if there’s a theme to today’s GRITtv posts it’s this: It’s one thing to remember the dead; it’s another to recover the living. To start, here’s Tom Morello "one-man revolution" rock hero.

You might have watched a couple of minutes of my interview with Morello on FDL. Here’s the whole thing (and a music video) in which he talks about what it’s going to take to recover this country from its current mess. Tom was backstage in New York just before a concert benefiting Road Recovery, a 10-year-old program that helps kids get out of addiction and into music.

Road Recovery offers workshops, sober road crew connections, performance opportunities, speaker seminars, master classes and just about everything a young person might need to get on track while staying hip. The drug-affected music industry professionals who founded it know just how hard it is to get and stay clean in an industry that can romanticize self-destruction. Morello’s Axis of Justice Tour donated tour proceeds to local issues at every stop — Road Recovery, Sweet Home New Orleans, Amnesty International, Iraq Veterans Against the War. This guy — well, just watch the interview and tell us what you think. It’s going to take a whole lot of rock heroes to recover this nation.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.