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RIP Merle Haggard, friend of the forest and the Pacific salmon

By Dan Bacher Merle Haggard, who passed away this weekend, was a friend to the Pacific Northwest forest and salmon. “Clearcutting is rape,” he said. During the battle to save the pristine salmon and steelhead habitat of Headwaters Forest in 1998, I got a phone call one morning from Mike Sherwood, then the California Director […]

April 10th

Hurricane Sandy benefit Friday night: Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting, Bon Jovi

Want to do something for Hurricane Sandy relief? Here’s your chance! Friday night, NBC will host a telathon mega-concert,  “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,”  to raise funds.  Scheduled to appear so far:  Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi Watch some amazing music and call in your donations… and share this around so […]

November 1st

Hawaiian singer Makana Occupies President Obama’s state dinner

  President Obama held a Luau for leaders of Pacific Rim nations at a summit in Honolulu last night. As part of the entertainment, popular Hawaiian singer Makana was invited to serenade them. But Makana had just released his new homage to the Occupy Movement, We Are The Many. How could he resist the opportunity? […]

November 13th

Musical interlude: Amanda Palmer sings to Occupy Wall Street

Amanda Palmer is awesome. Former lead singer of the Dresden Dolls, current solo artist (and married to fantastical writer Neil Gaiman), she is also a bit of an activist and has been supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here she is, entertaining the troops with a paean to (and prescription for) do-it-yourself creativity. (Lyrics here): […]

October 29th

Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright offer Occupy Wall Street material support

It’s not a revolution without music. Sunday evening, it was troubadours Sean Lennon (son of icon John Lennon) and Rufus Wainwright who brought their guitars to Zuccotti park. Josh Fox of the film “Gasland” talks to the crowd about fracking and clean energy, and then leads on banjo while an impromptu band of Lennon, his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp […]

October 25th