May 18, 2012
Songs of social protest — music and the quest for justice — have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times — Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them — have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello.
Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded — Rage Against the Machine — and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album “World Wide Rebel Songs” as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Bill Moyers and Company: Tom Morello, Troubadour for Justice
Rage Against The Machine – Wake Up
Bring that shit in!! on Dec 14, 2009
Note: replaced video Aug. 18, 2012
Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello: The Ghost Of Tom Joad
BruceSpringsteenVEVO on Oct 2, 2009
see also this version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Morello and Jim James, plus commentary by Jerry Alatalo: