Magnet - 1-2/98, p.65
"...the voice of a courageous woman, a proud leftist, an unapologetic defender of the Earth..."
Personnel: Judi Bari (spoken vocals, vocals, fiddle); Darryl Cherney (spoken vocals, guitar, bass, backgroung vocals); Ophidia (vocals, guitar); Dawn (guitar, background vocals); George Shook (banjo); Edie Morris, Francine, Nymiah (background vocals).
Producers: Darryl Cherney, Penelope Andrews.
Engineers include: Mark Mayo, Darryl Cherney, Judi Bari, Andy Caffrey, Kay Rudin.
Recorded between June 1989 & September 1997. Includes liner notes by Darryl Cherney, Penelope Andrews, Judi Bari, Jello Biafra.
Being one resistant to radical change, I never gave much thought to the Earth First!ers and the thought of them spiking trees and laying down in front of trucks. However, even without trying I can not help but to have read of the government sponsored terrorism called COINTELPRO and noted the association of CONINTELPRO FBI man Richard Held with the Bari bombing case. Shades of a conspiracy, to say the very least. This collection of "spoken word" (recorded speech, really) and music marks Ms. Bari as a highly eloquent and spirited individual who has a more realistic and farseeing grasp of the environmentalist movement than most of its supporters and detractors. It makes an instructive chapter in a continuing CONINTELPRO legacy of government attacks on AIM, the Black Panthers, etc. The encyclopedic liner notes even include a glossary. To paraphrase a famous quote, in the fight between you and the U.S. government, put your money on the government. I must admire those that fight skillfully and intelligently against entrenched and more mighty evil. ~ Tom Schulte