You can learn more about it by watching this video:
And there’s more news. Rounder is working on seven-CD collection that will be released sometime in the near future. And from The Guardian:
A novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie will be published next year, with help from Johnny Depp. House of Earth, which Guthrie finished in 1947 but never released, is being edited by Depp and author Douglas Brinkley.
Depp and Brinkley revealed their plans in a new essay for the New York Times Book Review. House of Earth is Guthrie’s only “fully realised” novel, they said, influenced by his experiences in America’s Dust Bowl, as well as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Tracing the story of Tike and Ella May Hamlin, “hardscrabble farmers” in Texas, it is a “searing portrait of the Panhandle and its marginalised Great Depression residents”. Despite a slightly esoteric focus on the importance of adobe housing, House of Earth also includes graphic sex, including “a scorching lovemaking scene on a hay bale”.
So while you are drinking rosé or champagne to celebrate Bastille Day, listen to Woody Guthrie.
These are the first twenty-five I could think of off the top of my head. My second exercise was to go down this list and quickly ascertain which of them, under certain circumstances, I would give up in order to protect my privacy, my autonomy, or simply because I appreciate the freedom more than I care to exercise it. The list shortened itself pretty damned fast.
What would you think if you had to show current, state-issued ID to do any of the following? By the logic of the Supremes, all of them are subject to fraud and therefore would benefit by requiring picture ID.
1. Entering a court of law 2. Moving to a different state 3. Participating in a political demonstration 4. Registering as a member of a political party 5. Signing a petition 6. Registering to vote 7. Attending public school 8. Borrowing from a public library 9. Attending religious services 10. Renting an apartment 11. Acquiring a defense lawyer 12. Having a child 13. Exchanging foreign currency 14. Reporting a crime 15. Attending a political forum 16. Donating to a presidential campaign 17. Accessing the internet 18. Purchasing medication 19. Donating to a charity 20. Accepting charity 21. Exercising your constitutional rights 22. Spending federal currency 23. Purchasing controversial publications 24. Choosing a religion 25. Denying your religion
If we allow the fascist, rule-mongering elitists of the republican party to require proof of ID in order to exercise our freedoms, what’s to stop them from making stricter the laws that govern the issuance of picture ID?
It cost me $50 to renew my driver license last month. A passport is just as much with 5 times the hassle. My own mother went years without a driver license and never applied for welfare because she didn’t want my father, who had threatened to kill her and steal her children, once he was released from prison, to find us. I can’t imagine how many other reasons people with serious reasons to have a say in local, state, and federal politics might simply choose to forgo their rights in order to maintain their own self-determination and autonomy.