Monday, July 04, 2016

(Dis)like father, (dis)like son

The political circus that has followed the EU referendum has somewhat distracted everyone here from the equally ridiculous and nightmarish scenario unfolding across the Atlantic. Neil Young may have given out mixed messages about Donald Trump, but other musicians have been unafraid to nail their opposition to the mast. Take Tom Morello and Ani DiFranco, for instance, who have joined forces with singer Ryan Harvey to craft a protest song called 'Old Man Trump'. Most remarkably, the song features recently discovered lyrics by Woody Guthrie, who wrote them about his landlord - who just so happened to be Trump's father, Fred. An exploitative money-grabber who endorsed racial segregation in Guthrie's public housing complex Beach Haven, Trump Sr would no doubt be proud of the fruit of his loins.

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