19 Songs for the Streets — Flobots (Jonny 5 & Brer Rabbit)
This week we’re singing and learning with Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit of the band Flobots. We talk about the role of artists in leadership, their late mentor Dr. Vincent Harding, the role of music in embracing and holding the range of emotions in our movements, comic books and creativity, and crafting our social justice spaces to be places that people deeply want to return to. You’re joining us between sound checks when they recently performed in Brooklyn on their “Rise + Shine” Tour.
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Listen to song recordings & peep their ‘Songs for the Streets’ songbook at http://www.flobots.com/singdown
Check out Flobots’ latest album, NO ENEMIES: http://www.flobots.com/music/
Their podcast is 'Jonny & Brer’s Unnamed Friendcast': https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonny-brers-unnamed-friendcast/id1285472158?mt=2
We refer to Momentum training, where we met. You can sign up for the email list at www.momentumcommunity.org
The song we play in the intro is “Handlebars” from Flobots’ 2007 album “Fight with Tools”
Transcript coming soon!
About our guests
Jonny 5 (James Laurie) & Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett) are Denver-based MCs that make up the band Flobots, as well as educators and community leaders. Their recent album, NO ENEMIES, is influenced by stories shared by their longtime mentor and Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor the late Dr. Vincent Harding, and inspired by their grassroots work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements. More at http://www.flobots.com/
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Mixed and produced by Zach Meyer at the COALROOM
All visuals contributed by Josiah Werning
Intro and closing music gifted by Danny O’Brien