At the Voice we keep a scrapbook of our press notices. Here’s one we’ve just loving pasted in, from the Populist America website, which evocatively describes Rob Harvilla’s current article on folk-thrasher Ed Hamell as a “loathsome illustration of denial masquerading as a music article.” Author Mickey Z’s beef seems to be mostly with Hamell, whom Z faults for guarded optimism about Obama. “I guess there’ll be absolutely no reason for Ed Hamell to write a new protest song when Lord Obama maintains the death penalty,” Z writes, not to mention “the PATRIOT Act, the fence on the US-Mexican border… corporate welfare, homelessness, sweatshops, factory farming…” and so on through “200,000 acres of rainforest destroyed every 24 hours.” Well, to his credit, Hamell does have a song called “Pussy.”
Read imperialist stooge Harvilla for yourself, or Obama cultist Tom Robbins, or the reactionary Elizabeth Dwoskin, or the splitter Lynn Yaeger, or our roster of running–dog bloggers. And feel free to use comments to point out our doctrinal errors.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 14, 2008