We were honored to have Wayne take the time to discuss his adventures as a pioneer of punk rock while playing in the MC5, working with Billy Bragg on non-profit Jail Guitar Doors (a program that provides musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners), and his concepts of revolution through music, Wayne also took up his guitar for us. This will no doubt stand as a pinnacle moment in the creation of Let Fury Have the Hour.
Produced, written and directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio, No Free Lunch features brilliant comedian Lewis Black of the hit Comedy Central political news satire show, The Daily Show. Presented by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU)— a union representing nearly 2 million public service workers including nurses, hospital staff, nursing home care providers, building services and security guards— No Free Lunch is the first film in a series aimed at addressing economic injustice and income inequality in America. Using the political satire of Lewis Black, the film directly exposes the effects private equity has had on workers and the American economy. In many ways, the film presaged the current economic crisis in the United States, which private equity helped to stoke.
D’Ambrosio joined Laura Flanders in the GRITtv studio to talk about the history of protest music, the myth of Johnny Cash, and why music is one of the best ways to carry a progressive message. Then, in a special performance, he was joined by Anthony Roman and David Milone of the band Radio 4 to perform Cash’s song “Apache Tears” live.
Thievery Corporation was generous enough to invite us to shoot their performance on this cold winter evening, and what a powerful performance it was, as you’ll see…
Documentary “Let Fury Have the Hour” Director Antonino D’Ambrosio just recently toured the United States to promote his newest book “A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears.” This is a sample of what audiences had the opportunity to experience– a unique mix of both folk music and the inspiring story of Cash’s most revolutionary album.