Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Orbis - David Rovics: Leftist folk singer/songwriter

Orbis - David Rovics: Leftist folk singer/songwriter: "Considered by many to be the last protest singer, it's been said that if Dubya had his way, David Rovics would be locked up in Guantanamo Bay.

After falling in love with David at show at Bongo Java, we were able to catch up with him on the phone for an interview.

Orbis:So where did you grow up?
DR: I was born in New York City and grew up in the woodsy republican New York suburb of Wilton, Connecticut.

O:Have you always been a leftist folk singer? How did you get into music? Politics?
DR: My parents are both classical musicians, so that was a beginning for me.
They're also politically progressive, so there's that, too. But there were lots of other influences on both accounts, including a camp I went to as a kid, where there was a lot of political overtones going on, with the anti-nuke movement. It was called Rowe Camp, and there was a nuclear reactor in town...

O:Biggest influences, heroes? (Musical or otherwise)
DR: Biggest musical influences would be folks like Jim Page and Phil Ochs, but lots of others, too. Other than music, biggest influences would have to include folks like Karl Marx, Subcommandante Marcos and my mother."

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