Moved by the recent events in Ferguson, MO, Grammy Award winning rock guitarist and longtime political activist Tom Morello is releasing “Marching On Ferguson,” a newly recorded version of a song he wrote and performed immediately following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.
“Marching On Ferguson” is available free of charge with all voluntary donations going towards the legal fund local organizations created for those arrested in the protests demanding change in the St. Louis area. “Marching On Ferguson” is available at the web hub for Ferguson October, the initiative that planned the weekend of resistance and is kicking off a national movement to end police violence. It can be downloaded athttp://fergusonoctober.com/artists.
Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released four solo albums as The Nightwatchman and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with BootsRiley of The Coup in 2009. Morello, a graduate of Harvard University in political science, has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).” Most recently Morello has joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for their current tour in support of Springsteen’s latest studio album High Hopes (Columbia Records) on which Morello is featured on eight tracks.
“100% of the donations from “Marching On Ferguson” will support defending the protestors in the Ferguson area who have faced attacks, wrongful arrest, and violence from the police,” says Morello. “I’ve witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it’s time to say ‘Enough!’ in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in Ferguson, and beyond, give ’em hell. This song is for you.”