Smart, funny and informative–like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. emma’s revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries and Sandy O. emma’s revolution’s songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. The duo tours 200 days a year and, in the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” emma’s revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad.
Their 4th CD “Revolution Now” will have it’s Release Concert this Tues, March 14th at 8pm at Freight & Salvage on Addison St in Berkeley.
Maureen: Reading about [anarchist Emma Goldman] and knowing she inspired the two of you, emma’s revolution…are you anarchists?
Pat: I wouldn’t really be able to claim that, but I think the point that she was trying to make about World War I was that wars in general are largely organized and conceived of by the rich for the rich, and they’re largely fought by the poor.
Sandy: So the CD has everything from folk to jazz to funk stylewise and covers a bunch of issues like environmentalism and Syrian refugee issues and love and grey hair and what are the issues that face women, and what are the issues that are facing people these days. And with the sense of wanting to be – we wouldn’t do this work if we weren’t inspired by what we do. We couldn’t keep going. Our work is to inspire people to feel activated in our communities, to do the work to make the world the world that we actually want to live in.
Pat: And also to connect to one another. You know, this really is not just about the bad news and confronting the horrible things that are happening in the world, it’s really about us finding those ways that we do share things in common.