NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2004 - "Though the songs on this album aren't 'mine,' I feel them in me, and they urge me on to do the work we all need to do. I hope they have the same effect on you." So says filmmaker and Executive Album Producer Michael Moore about SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11, a songbook of stirring classics about patriotism, freedom, war and hope by Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, System Of A Down, Pearl Jam, Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, The Clash, Steve Earle, Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake, Nanci Griffith and Jeff Buckley, along with new songs by former Rage Against The Machine front man, Zack de la Rocha, and The Nightwatchman (Audioslave's Tom Morello). The Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax release will be in stores on October 5, along with the "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Everything on the record was selected by Michael Moore based on the songs and the artists that he listened to as he created his documentary.
Says Glen Brunman, head of Sony Music's soundtrack division, "Music has always provided inspiration in turbulent times. These songs have the power to move people from the sidelines to the front lines."
De la Rocha's "We Want It All," produced by Trent Reznor and de la Rocha, is the album's lead single and video, as well as the vocalist's first new album-based recording in five years.
"Seeing 'Fahrenheit 9/11' was like hearing Dylan's 'Masters Of War' or Public Enemy's 'Bring The Noise' for the first time," says Zack. "It wasn't just about melody, great production or hard ryhmes--it was the weight of the argument and what the piece forced me to consider."
The star power of Grammy winners and multi-platinum artists featured on the album is impressive, to say the least, but their place as cultural icons and activist citizens is even more significant. The songs on this record were written over a forty-one year span, from 1963 to 2004, and they will continue to articulate the important issues of our world for years to come.
The many highlights of SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11 include: "I Am A Patriot," by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, rare live renditions of the Dylan songs, "Chimes Of Freedom" and "Masters Of War," performed by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, respectively, "No One Left," a moving tale of New York and Baghdad by The Nightwatchman, the tender "Travelin' Soldier" from the Dixie Chicks, the passionate "Boom!" by System Of A Down, the hopeful "Hallelujah," performed by Jeff Buckley and the clarion call, "The Revolution Starts Now," from Steve Earle.
The release of SONGS AND ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED FAHRENHEIT 9/11 will coincide with the October 5 DVD release of Moore's critically acclaimed, thought-provoking documentary, a film that shattered box office records while stirring the nation.
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