Friday, May 1, 2015

The Parallel Performances of the Monsanto Die Tour

Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

We decided to perform activism every day and to perform on the concert stage every night throughout the Faster! Monsanto Die! Die! tour.  Today, we parade in Parliament Square, kicking off a ten day "Election Occupation."  Yesterday, we bullhorned the canyons of the City of London with the sins of TTiP, the Orwellian trade agreement.  On Wednesday, we marched with small farmers to the monopolistic diabetes-maker British Sugar.  On Tuesday, we shut down the BP-supported Liverpool Tate with our funereal remembrance of the Deepwater Horizon on its 5th anniversary.  

The 16 singers and Savi and I gather the information and motivation from these "Nonviolent Dramatic Actions" and then invite what we have inside ourselves to surface in the rituals, prayers, songs and preaching. That's how we get "arty" - but we can't help but have the seriousness remain in us, from the emergency we faced earlier in the day.  Since everything is changed now, with the life systems of the Earth in jeopardy, we can't afford to be aesthetic anymore.  It's a life or death situation, with the artistic strategies determined by rapidly developing practical results.  We start with the risk of beliefs shouted and sung in on the streets, and the stage waits for us.

Our final London show is tomorrow at Wilton's Music Hall after an afternoon action that we won't reveal in this church bulletin. Then Sunday morning we fly to Belfast, and what will happen there?


Reverend Billy Talen


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