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PROPHETS OF RAGE MEET + PHOTO EVENT
|Music in Hollywood|
Address: 6400 Sunset Blvd.
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Purchase your copy of the self-titled Prophets of Rage album on CD or LP at Amoeba Hollywood starting 9/15 to meet Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord - and get your photo taken with the band! - on Thursday, September 21st at 6pm.
$2 from EVERY CD/LP sold will be donated to Covenant House in Hollywood to further their work with homeless and trafficked youth.
PROPHETS OF RAGE:
Emblazed across a fire-engine red baseball cap, “Make America Rage Again” stood in stark contrast to the idiocy of the presidential campaign and deftly summarized the mission for the revolutionary musicians who constitute Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. If “Make America Great Again” overlooked the fact that America was already great, the savvy streetwear-style flip of Trump’s campaign merchandise nailed the fact that America was already raging.
The seeds of Prophets Of Rage however, had been planted well before Trump. Rage Against The Machine’s first real tour was a west coast run opening for Public Enemy in 1992. And Cypress Hill took Rage out on the road in 1994. B-Real actually appears in Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name” video. They’ve been friends and co-conspirators for quite some time.
In the spring of 2016, in the midst of a tumultuous election, Prophets Of Rage joined together to combat the coming storm, whatever it may be. The band performed a surprise set at the Whisky, debuting reworked classic Rage, PE, and Cypress Hill songs. “When we first got together, we were playing songs from our catalogue,” Wilk explains, “but we were also playing new grooves and doing what we do with everyone improvising. And that felt really good.” That July, they made headlines by staging guerrilla performances at the Republican National Convention. A nationwide tour and an EP soon followed, and during these crucial months on the road, the group evolved from protest performance art with a tactical mission, to a stand-alone entity with creative ideas all its own. Prophets’ 2016 EP, The Party’s Over, contained new renditions of old hits: while thrilling in concept, the record was tethered to its sources.
To tread new ground, they realized, they’d have to start from scratch. The group holed up with the producer Brendan O’Brien, a long time Rage collaborator—across just a month of sessions, they completed twelve songs.
“We had conversations about these ideas,” Chuck D remembers. “The conversation sparks a lyric, and a riff, and a groove, and a beat occurs. We were like, ‘how are we gonna start to make this album about these conversations?’” Their common ethos made the creative process effortless: each of their previous groups offered staunch, fearless opinions in their songs, and had “the same passion and the willingness to have the same stones thrown at you for it,” B-Real says. Whether through Public Enemy’s shouting down of institutional racism, Rage’s anarchist smears at Wall St., or Cypress Hill’s unending devotion to marijuana legalization, the members of Prophets Of Rage have been saying what they want, how they want, for decades. The material they began writing together stuck to the same principles: “Poverty hit home like a war zone / Check America’s pulse, heard a death tone,” B-Real sneers on “Unfuck The World,” a title Commerford cites as a favorite.
The sessions also created a new space for growth and progression, whether with the incorporation of DJ Lord’s turntablist elements or B-Real tackling broader subjects, such as homelessness on a song titled “Living On The 110.” Prophets Of Rage quickly became as much a shared experience between its members as it was a call-to-action for the world at large. “There was a language that all of us speak,” Wilk remembers. “It made perfect sense for us to make a record.” “We went on tour and got good as a band,” Commerford added. “We’re making music in the way that bands made music back in the day.”
At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but on a deep belief in its power as a tool—Commerford even describes his bass guitar as a “loud, banging weapon.” “There were rhythms before there were words,” Morello says. “Music has both the ability to reflect and transform the times. There’s a long history of that, from slave spirituals, to ‘We Shall Overcome,’ to the Sex Pistols.” Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as The Clash, KRS-One, and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: Public Enemy’s frenzied, racing textures, Rage’s jaw-melting riffs, Cypress Hill’s manically playful party energy. “The music is the passport to the world,” Chuck D says, describing the unique bond the group shares. “It’s not always a given to have members who want to go where few have gone.”
This idea rings true to Prophets, as they spread their message to underserved and overlooked populations worldwide. They may share a common language, but the members’ backgrounds are vastly different, providing the broad vantage from which they strike. Still, Prophets Of Rage remains as amorphous and unrestricted as ever. Their self-titled debut arrives via the independent label Fantasy Records, with artwork designed by the iconic artist Shepard Fairey. Post-election, there is at once less and more at stake: resistance now has no expiration date, and Prophets hope to symbolize what a lifelong devotion to the mission looks like. “We put the band together to both rock fools senseless and to mould the future in a more just and humane way,” Morello says. “The world isn’t going to change itself.” Or, as Chuck puts it, “You gotta stay woke—you better stay woke.”
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PINK'S HOT DOGS
709 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, Ca 90038 At Melrose - Only In L.A. Could A Hot Dog Stand Become A Celebrity. Pinks Has Been Serving Up Chili Dogs Since 1939 And People Stand In Line For Them Day And Night. Personally I've Had Better. The Standard Chili
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE
5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, 90028 323.908.8702 - The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Is The Home For All Things Comedy In Los Angeles. We Have Affordable, High Quality Shows Seven Nights A Week. All Shows Are $8, $5 Or Free And All Shows Are All A ....
THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM
1660 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, Ca 90028 In The Historic Max Factor Building (323) 464 7776 - The Hollywood Museum Is Located In The World-Famous Historic Max Factor Building. The Magnificently Restored Hollywood Regency Style Art Deco Landmark Building Is Located In The “Heart Of Hollywood
CATALINA JAZZ CLUB BAR & GRILL
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90028 Entrance Is On Mccadden Place 323 466-2210 - Supper Club And Jazz Venue In The Heart Of Hollywood. Full Bar And Menu. They Are Also Open For Lunch Mon-Fri. See Their Website For Current Performance Schedule.
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DEARLY DEPARTED - A TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
6603 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90028 - - Dearly Departed Tours Is A Three Hour Tour Of Hysterical Proportions. 100 Locations Over 35 Miles Of Murder And Mayhem. See Where Hugh Grant Was Busted, And Reenact George Michael's Most Famous Momen ....
RED LINE METRO HOLLYWOOD/VINE STATION
6250 Hollywood Bl. Los Angeles 90038 60 Park/Ride Lot Spaces (Parking Fee) - What's There: Across The Street You'll Find The Pantages Theatre. Walk To Your Left As You Exit The Station To Vine Street. Walk Left On Vine Along The "Walk Of Fame" Toward Sunset Bl. At Sunset And
RED LINE METRO HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
Underneath The Hollywood & Highland Complex At The Corner Of Hollywood & Highland - The Metro Station Is Directly Below The Shopping And Entertainment Complex At Hollywood And Highland Where You Will Find Upscale Shops, Dining, Nightlife And The Kodak Theatre (Home To The Annual Osc ....
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