Saturday, March 20, 2010

Unreleased Protest Album (Released)

It’s been awhile since Leonard Peltier name has been mentioned, but just recently it has returned.
For those who don’t know, Peltier was accused and found guilty of killing two FBI agents on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Many feel his connection the American Indian Movement, which was very active in the 70s, was the primary reason for his conviction. Questions have been raised about the conviction and trail, yet Peltier remains in prison.
Pitchfork recently ran a story about an unreleased album that was meant to benefit Peltier’s defense. For some reason, Sony didn’t produce the album (surprise). Well an A&R assistant rediscovered the music and set up a website to raise awareness of the Peltier case and release the music—for free.
There are some big names on the album and the music is politically charged. So head over to the website, download the tracks, and think about the cause.