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(en) US, announcing rebel folk press, www.rebelfolk.org

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Date Fri, 4 Jun 2004 17:30:33 +0200 (CEST)

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Rebel folk press is an anarchist music and
publishing project. the main feature right is an
online version of the hootenanny songbook, a
radical 'zine-style songbook of campfire and
frontlines songs. The Hootenanny Songbook
contains over 200 songs and guitar chords to go
along with them, new and old art/graphics that
can easily be snagged for your own posters and
projects, do-it-yourself music theory and a
chords chart, a lexicon of musical terms, rants
and a resources list. Born from anarchist and
Earth First! circles, Hootenanny is a mammoth of
a book, and a work-in-progress project to further
the flourishing of conscious, revolutionary music.

We plan to get audio MP3s on this site to go
along with the scanned pages, so you can hear how
the tunes sound. . . stay tuned. And let us know
what ya think! We intend to publish more books,
zines, and music in the next few years. Here's
more of the scoop, from the rebelfolk.org home

Re*bel (verb):
1. To refuse allegiance to and actively oppose an
established government or ruling authority.
2. To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention.
3. To feel or express strong unwillingness or
repugnance: She rebelled at the unwelcome
suggestion of domestication.

Folk (noun):
1. The peops
2. Highly singable music passed on by the peops

Re*bel Folk (trouble):
A group of rascals aiming to create and
distribute agitation-art far and wide--radical
music, books and 'zines, movement(s) herstory,
feelings, ideas, and infectious laughter!

Welcome to year two thousand and four. An
exercise in coping mechanisms. A war without end
rages on, borders and blast-walls line our lands
and our hearts, glaciers melt and governments
guffaw. Life as we know it is on the brink of
ultimate domestication.

In our murky moments, this may seem like the
lesser of two evils: at least life is not yet
extinct, just tamed and de-clawed. But we would
do well to beware any "lesser" of any evil
(Republican or Democrat, paper or plastic, you
get the pictureŠ) and get on struggling for our
brightest visions. French Situationists in the
Paris uprising of '68 declared, "Be
realistic-demand the impossible." Or, as the rock
band Rage Against the Machine warns, "If we
settle for nothing now, we'll settle for nothing

Domestication is insidious, like slow unseen
murder by cancerous toxic waste years down the
line, or the sly whittling away of our supposed
civil liberties in times of patriotic
warmongering. If we wish to protect stands of
ancient forest, endangered species, civil rights,
or, as Neruda calls it, "the old and unremembered
human heart," then we must resist domestication,
remember wild instinct, and demand more than some
"lesser." We must rebel.

How does this introduce the Rebel Folk website,
you may ask? Just that we must have the state of
the world in mind no matter what we do. It should
be inescapable, and it is inescapable for many
peoples on Earth who don't have the choice to
turn their eyes from it. Armed with that
knowledge and responsibility, we venture out into
the world and of the world, with the hope that we
will make a difference however we can make itŠ

Rebel Folk is a work-in-progress publishing
project of music, printed matter and more, to
scatter seeds of resistance and see that they
take root. In 2001, we published Hootenanny, a
songbook of radical campfire songs, and now have
it online. We recently co-published (with AK
Press) the Biotic Baking Brigade's edible
manifesto "Pie Any Means Necessary-the BBB
Cookbook." More to come...

Rebel Folk is more than an idea, it's a feeling.
We feel rebellion in our bones like an old itch,
an instinct. We are out there, and right here,
folks making music, writing our visions,
networking, distributing publications, friends
finding friends. We hope you like what you see
here. Let us know:

Rebelfolk Press


POB 40130, San Francisco, CA 94140, Amerika

PGP Key: http://rebelfolk.org/PGP.html
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