On July 17, 2008, Pitchfork and Future of Music Coalition co-presented a panel discussion about Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, as part of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival. As expected when you put front man Chuck D, PE Media Assassin Harry Allen and original Bomb Squad members Hank and Keith Shocklee around a table, the back-and-forth was incredibly entertaining and informative.
There’s an article about musicians and health insurance in Seven Days, Burlington, Vermont’s alternative newsweekly. Artists who lack coverage is a concern even in that sleepy little college town (which actually has a pretty big music scene). And sadly, the story is the same in both small and big burgs across the country.
The piece talks about folks in the Burlington music community who have suffered severe injuries and didn’t have health insurance. It also features some choice quotes from Alex Maiolo — the musician/health insurance expert who manages FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT): read more
You may have seen the news item over at Pitchfork about concerned musicians who want to make sure that the next President — whether it’s John McCain or Barack Obama — doesn’t forget about those still suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The artists — including several veterans of FMC’s Artist Activism Camps in New Orleans — signed a letter (PDF) calling upon Obama and McCain to attend a September 18 presidential forum in the Big Easy and talk about their vision for the city’s recovery. read more
We were gonna wait to tell you about New York City musician/producer Joel Hamilton’s cross-country Vespa ride to benefit his producer friend Scott Harding and FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT). You see, we did a podcast interview with Joel this week, but haven’t gotten around to editing it yet. But the awesome Ann Powers of the L.A. Times broke the story on the paper’s music blog yesterday, so we figured we might as well fill you in. read more
FCC Says Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic
A majority of the Federal Communications Commission has concluded that cable operator Comcast unlawfully disrupted the transfer of certain digital video files, affirming the government’s right to regulate how Internet companies manage Web traffic. Cecilia Kang, The Washington Postread more
George Grantham, the drummer of Poco, suffered a stroke 3 years ago, but his medical bills are still mounting. His daughter, Gracie, is helping raise money for his medical bills by selling donated music paraphernalia from some of the top names in the music industry on eBay. Information about Grantham’s condition can be found at Poconut.
Here’s a little bit about Grantham and the campaign from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen: read more