Anne Feeney | Have You Been to Jail for Justice?

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Have You Been to Jail for Justice?

by Anne Feeney

The soundtrack from the riot... hum along to the revolution... 20 tracks of hellraising music... Emma Goldman would be dancing to this one.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Have You Been to Jail for Justice?
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2. Rebuild America-Keep Hope Alive
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3. War on the Workers
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4. CEOs (The Plane Wreck at Tuzla)
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5. Maquiladoras
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6. Courage (Diane)
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7. Whatever Happened to the 8 Hour Day?
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8. Who Da Bitch Now?
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9. The Rich Man's House
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10. Spoiled Brats of the Ruling Class
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11. The Corporate Welfare Song
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12. Widow's Lament
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13. For Gene Debs
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14. Flowers of Auschwitz
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15. Joe Hill
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16. The Internationale
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17. I Married a Hero
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18. Ms. Ogyny
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19. Take Them Down!
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20. My Brother, Sylvest
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Amy Goodman just featured the title track of this wonderful CD on "Democracy Now!" (http://democracynow.org)

You may have heard Anne sing it on April 25, 2004 (joined by her daughter Amy Berlin, Llewellyn Gannon, Peter Yarrow - of Peter, Paul and Mary - and his daughter Bethany) to the 1.5 million supporters of women's rights who gathered in front of the Washington Monument at the massive March for Women's Lives.

The title track of this fabulous CD is featured in the dazzling anti-globalization documentary "This is What Democracy Looks Like," and is in the repertoire of activists everywhere.. including Peter, Paul and Mary. They included it their Feb '04 release "In These Times," and featured a DVD of Anne's anthem in their boxed set "Carry It On."

But you're sure to love Anne's passionate rendition of this soon-to-be-classic song...as well as the other 19 (!) songs included on this critically acclaimed recording.

Here's one of Anne's favorite reviews from the editor of the student newspaper at City College of San Francisco..



[E]asily one of the best CD's I've heard in a long, long time. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from a labor songs collection but it certainly wasn't anything this wonderful.

If you love the socially responsible aspect of the 60's folk-revolution music, you will love this CD. Anne Feeney kicks out a song selection that has more social conscience than Joan Baez does, but without the ear-cramping high notes. Every song is a cutting social commentary used to either pierce the heart or cut people down to size. But don't think for a second that this CD is depressing or simply a different version of the musical temper-tantrums that fuel the music-media's hate fest these days.

Her songs are sad, funny, angry, and sarcastic, yet at the same time they are incredibly inspiring and motivating for the truth that they speak. Feeney gives voice to our anger but in a way that clarifies it even to us.

Labor singers have always written their songs to specific melodies and styles that were popular at the time. True to tradition Feeney has managed to incorporate an amazingly diverse array of styles including traditional Irish and Mexican ballads, Black spirituals, reggae, boogie, hip-hop, and ska into this CD. What's even more amazing is that it works! Nothing seems out of place. It all flows together so well that I didn't realize until the third listening that there was such an extreme variety of styles going on.

Feeney uses these different styles to form a kind of musical travelogue of the world's condition that takes you from America's heartland to a pub in Ireland, from the Nazi concentration camps of Europe, through Central America, and to a place I'm sure, lies somewhere near the soul of Birmingham, Alabama.

O]ne of my all time favorite CD's. And with her wonderful and versatile vocals and passion for what she sings I definitely want to hear a lot more of Anne Feeney.

-- Review by Genn Chryst, Guardsman Editor, S.F. City College

Listen to this amazing CD and post your own review -- Click the link at the bottom left of this page and start writing!


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Alex

jail for justice...yes
this cd kept me listening to it over and over...i loved the songs, the sentiments, the music...the energy of striving to make the world a better place for all...

Mike McFarland

Great Music
Anne Feeney is a great folk singer. and this is one of her best albums. If you like music that relly means something and is still really great music you will love this album. It makes you feel like taking a stnd on the important issues of our day instead of just going along for the ride

Mahir Ali

Inspirational stuff! An excellent album
I first heard "Have You Been To Jail For Justice" on the recent Peter, Paul and Mary album, and the rawer version here is even better. There isn't a single mediocre song on this CD - they range from very good to excellent. Very potent, and as relevant today as when these tracks were recorded.

Jody Hopkins

Have you been to jail for justice
I just sent this CD to my sister for Christmas because it is a great introduction to Anne Feeney., with her own great songs and singing.

Jan Patton

Wonderful!!
I had the tape for "Look to the Left" around 5 years ago and was thrilled to see it still available. Since I liked that one so much, decided to buy this one blindly. So happy I did - it's a lot more updated, but the songs she sings are timeless (unfortunately.)

Karen Newman

Feeney Forever!
This CD Rocks! Inspiration for union members and the global working class.

Cynthia Paul

Music to Raise Hell By!
I first heard Anne sing when Democracy Now! played her song, The Rich Man's House; and I was immediately hooked. What Micheal Moore is to film, Anne Feeney is to music.

Sidney B

wondrous inspiration
hi, anne. i saw you and chris chandler in gainesville, florida recently and you knocked me out. i've been listening to the cds, "look to the left," "have you been to jail for justice?," "flying poetry circus," and "hail to the thief," and i've watched the video,"this is what democracy looks like." i've laughed, cried, danced, sung and played along (i just love, for example, jamming with "what ever happened to the eight-hour day"), and yelled out loud through all of it. i've never learned "the internationale," and it's about time i did.

thank you so much for your wondrous inspiration. you truly help me to believe that el pueblo unido jamas sera vencido. i hope to see and hear you again, and it would be wonderful if chris were with you. you really kick ass. and you indeed are a raving beauty. keep singing the truth.

Suzanne Wall

Great picket line tunes!
This CD has some great tunes for use on a picket line or other direct action. Our local union cranked up "Rich Man's House" when we marched on the offices of a corporate target who collects tax loophole largess bigtime, and lemme tell y'all we had a hot, dancing picket line of home care workers, consumers in wheelchairs, and boogie-ing seniors.

Brenden Roemich

The new voice of the rank & file...
A must-have for any trade unionist. Anne, hell-raiser and unionmaid, is back with another 16 songs (plus 4 bonus tracks!) that will have you alternately close to tears and rolling on the floor.