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Che Guevara: Life of a Revolutionary

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« Reply #135 on: August 02, 2009, 02:45:09 am »

In music

    "And if there's any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there's any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara."
    — Phil Ochs, the liner notes of The Broadside Tapes

    * Punk band The (International) Noise Conspiracy's musical inspiration was stated to be the above Ochs quote.

    * Upon hearing the news of Guevara's murder, Cuban musician Carlos Puebla composed "Hasta siempre, Comandante." Since then it has been covered by numerous artists including the Buena Vista Social Club and Joan Baez. French singer Nathalie Cardone produced a modern rendition of the song entitled "Hasta Siempre" as an ode to honor Guevara.

    * Folk singer Judy Collins composed a ballad entitled "Che" as an ode to Che Guevara after his death. The song was then remixed into an "intense rhythmic interpretation" for a 2009 tribute album entitled Born to the Breed by artist James Mudriczki. Collins singled out this song as one of her favorite tracks, while describing Mudriczki's rendition as "marvelous".[32]

    * The German composer Hans Werner Henze dedicated his 1968 oratorio Das Floß der Medusa as a requiem for Guevera.

    * In 1968, Scottish songwriter Ewan MacColl composed the song "The Compañeros" in honor of Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. His wife Peggy Seeger also wrote "A Song for Che Guevara."

    * Grammy Award-winning Carlos Santana wore a Che Guevara shirt to the 2005 Oscar awards.

    * The cover of Madonna's 2003 album American Life emulates Guerrillero Heroico, as she revealed to the Italian version of Top of the Pops. Madonna cited Che as a "revolutionary spirit" while adding that although she does not "necessarily agree with the The Communist Manifesto, she believes that "there are aspects of socialism which are good", and that she "likes what (Che) stood for".[33]

    * In rapper Jay-Z's Black Album, the track "Public Service Announcement" contains the line "I'm like Che Guevara with bling on / I'm complex."

    * "Indian Girl" by the The Rolling Stones has a lyric referring to Che. "Mr. Gringo, my father he ain't no Che Guevara, And he's fighting the war on the streets of Masaya"

    * The Nightwatchman aka (Tom Morello) references a quote from Che Guevara - "Liberators do not exist, the people liberate themselves" - in the music video for the song 'Road I Must Travel.'

    * In rapper Nas's album, 'Stillmatic there is a controversial track named "My Country" that pays tribute to Che Guevara and others who were murdered by the United States.

    * David Bowie's album, Lodger featured an inside sleeve containing one of the famous photographs of Guevara's corpse surrounded by his executioners.

    * In Richard Shindell's 2004 album Vuelta the track "Che Guevara t-Shirt" tells the story of an illegal immigrant imprisoned after 9/11 who may be kept in jail forever because he carries a photo of his girlfriend wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    * On the track "It's Your World" from the rapper Common's 2005 album Be, the artist states "Wish I was free as Che was."

    * In Pet Shop Boys's song "Left To My Own Devices" they mention with irony "Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat".

    * The artist Immortal Technique has made several references to Guevara in his songs (No Me Importa, Internally Bleeding) and has performed many times while wearing a shirt bearing his image.

    * In the Manic Street Preachers song, "Revol", there is the lyric "Che Guevara, you're all target now".

    * The song "Hammerblow", off the Cherry Poppin' Daddies album Susquehanna, is a story-song about an underground Marxist uprising; a character in the song tells the narrator ""We haven't gone extinct/Unlike Che Guevara, Marx and Pravda"", assuring that though said revolutionaries may be gone, the movement continues.

    * American rock band Chagall Guevara, took their name from artist Marc Chagall and Che Guevara, to imply the concept of "revolutionary art."

    * The Australian punk band the Clap has a song called "Che Guevara T-Shirt Wearer" featuring the chorus lines of "you're a Che Guevara T-shirt wearer, and you have no idea who he is."

    * A Finnish rock band Happoradio has a song called "Che Guevara". The chorus goes: "tell your husband to dress like Che Guevara when you fall into bed."

    * On October 12, 2007, musicians from the Chilean community and Grupo Amistad, performed songs dedicated to Che at a memorial celebration in Winnipeg, Canada.[34]

    * The Brazilian rock band Sepultura performed at Havana´s "Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune" in July 2008, while also visiting the memorial to Che Guevara.[35]

    * American punk rock band Against Me! have a song called "Cliché Guevara" on their album As the Eternal Cowboy.

    * Muslim-American rapper Rhymefest (whose birth name is 'Che' in honor of Guevara) titled his 2009 album "El Che", describing the overall theme as a "journey with a revolutionary."

    * Artist Dana Lyons mentions Che Guevara in his song Cows with Guns.

    * The band Rage Against the Machine has assorted band apparel with Che's image on it and recommends Guevara's manual "Guerrilla Warfare" in their liner notes.

    * American indie rock band Che Guevara T-Shirt named themselves after the phenomena outlined in this article, specifically the irony that a Marxist inspired guerilla is now used to sell Capitalist products.

    * In July 2009, Cuba's best known folk musician Silvio Rodriguez announced that had written a new song entitled "Tonada del albedrio" (Tune to Free Will) intended to "rehabilitate" the image of revolutionary Che Guevara from being an "international super-brand". According to Rodriguez the new song on his upcoming album "Segunda Cita" (Second Date) returns the emphasis and meaning of Guevara's life to "his struggle against imperialism, his love of being a revolutionary and his concept of socialism."[36]
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