Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello Drops New Protest Song ‘Stand Up’

    Tom Morello, co-founder of Rage Against the Machine, has shared a new protest song called ‘Stand Up’. All proceeds from the track will be donated to to the NAACPKnow Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Listen to the track below.

    Co-produced by the Bloody Beetroots, ‘Stand Up’ features contributions from Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds as well as American singer and transgender activist Shea Diamond. The track is a response to recent protests over police brutality and systemic racism. “Stand up,” Morello screams on the chorus, “‘Cause you are standing for nothing.”

    Speaking of the track, Morello explained in a statement: “I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.”

    He added: “It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”

    For resources in the fight against racism and police brutality, as well as a list of organizations you can donate to, click here.



    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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