January 1, 2016 – 5:30 am

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Bremen 2000 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Moments, Bremen, Germany; January 11, 2000. Very good Pre-FM.

On December 8, 2015, Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist John Trudell died of cancer. He was 69.

A few months before Trudell died, he released Wazi’s Dream, which might be “the spoken word master’s most intense and visionary record since AKA Graffiti Man. Powered by the hard-driving blues of Bad Dog and Quiltman’s traditional chanting, Trudell digs deep into the nature of identity, love and the struggle for a meaningful existence on a wounded planet.” (click here)

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In an obituary, environmental activist Michael Donnelly wrote:

There’s a reason John Trudell is in the Counterculture Hall of Fame. Several reasons.

The great Santee Sioux poet/philosopher/warrior passed December 8, 2015 after a long bout with cancer. He was at peace, surrounded by family and friends; many had tirelessly helped care for John thru this transition. He lived a magnificent life. He was 69.

After serving in the Navy in Vietnam, John was instrumental in the 1969-70 Alcatraz Occupation by the Indians of All Tribes. Alcatraz jump-started the Native Rights Movement. He went on to be a founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and became its only Chairman.

One of AIM’s greatest accomplishments on John’s watch was drawing attention to the odious policy of Tribal Termination and the eventual rollback of Termination and the Restoration of tribal rights and some Native lands. AIM walked (The Longest Walk) from California to DC and occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) headquarters building. While there, AIM activists discovered secret plans to Terminate even more tribes and blew the entire thing wide open.

John paid a serious price for his activism. His buddy Kris Kristofferson wrote this song Johnny Lobo about it.

Trudell went on to become a noted environmental activist. He was arrested along with his roommate Jackson Browne, counterculture icon Wavy Gravy and 2000 others at a protest against the Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant in California. Famously, they somehow got a guitar smuggled into the men arrestees holding area and started a concert. That led to his friend and ally Bonnie Raitt, Holly Near and others demanding equal rights to a guitar for the women’s area. Yep. They got their guitar and concert, as well.

John was an outspoken advocate for the rights of other species. He quickly joined in the forest protection efforts of the 1980s and the effort to curtail fossil fuel use and carbon pollution. He supported the efforts to defend Native Fishing rights.

Click here for the article.

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Thanks to original uploader Tomyoungster; and to Simmdale for keeping the show alive at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Crazy Horse 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 102. Blue Indians 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 103. All Nite Cafe 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 104. Toy 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 105. Devil And Me 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 106. Terminal Neon 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 107. Angel Of Sin 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 108. Nothing In Her Eyes 5:34 (9.3MB)
35 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Sunrise 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 202. Grassfire 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 203. Bad Dog 7:49 (13.1MB)
Track 204. The Only One For Me 8:10 (13.7MB)
Track 205. Never Never Blues 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 206. Dizzy Duck 7:19 (12.3MB)
Track 207. Johnny And Joe 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 208. Hanging From The Cross 6:18 (10.6MB)
Track 209. You Were 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 210. Shadow Over Sisterland 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 211. Baby, I Was Hurting 6:36 (11.1MB)
62 mins

John Trudell - vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Mark Shark - guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string and slide), chant, vocals (background)
Billy Watts - guitars (electric, acoustic and slide), percussion, vocals (background)
Ricky Eckstein - guitar (bass), chant, drums
Quiltman - chant, percussion

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Bill Glahn, who edited Live! Music Review, sent us the following:

John Trudell’s worldview in a 45-minute lecture and poetry reading on October 26, 1997 at the Heart of the Beast Theater, Mpls, MN. Recorded by Tom Fisher (RIP) from the mixing board with permission from John Trudell (also RIP). Tom was a contributor to Live! Music Review’s “Roll The Tapes” column.

Click here for Track 1.

Click here for Track 2 (conclusion).

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  1. 10 Responses to “JOHN TRUDELL - BREMEN 2000 (UPDATED JAN 3, 2016)”

  2. Interesting show. Thank you. Track 209 won’t download. Sez “download failed server problem”. Any chance of getting it fixed?

    By Rev. Bob on Jan 1, 2016

  3. Hello Rev Bob

    Kindly refresh the page and try again. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 1, 2016

  4. Thanks for this, and sorry to hear of his passing. I first heard of him in 1986, picking up “Graffiti Man” soon as I read this in Mikal Gilmore’s Rolling Stone article on Dylan in 1986…

    “Hey,” he says, pulling a tape from his pocket, “wanna hear the best album of the year?” He holds a cassette of AKA Graffiti Man, an album by poet John Trudell and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. “Only people like Lou Reed and John Doe can dream about doing work like this. Most don’t have enough talent.”

    By Steve MC on Jan 1, 2016

  5. Very nice Big-O. Enjoying this. Thanks and Happy New Year to you all. Looking to a new year of great music selections. Blog On!

    By Rick Vee on Jan 1, 2016

  6. I saw him on this tour, a truly great show. RIP John Trudell

    By James Cassara on Jan 2, 2016

  7. Just looked up Ken Burns’s Lewis and Clark documentary on IMDB, to recommend it to a friend, and saw Trudell was one of the voices for it.

    And didn’t know that was Trudell in “Thunderheart,” either.

    By Steve MC on Jan 2, 2016

  8. Now this is an unexpected treat.
    Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 2, 2016

  9. Thanks for this one. Very nice to see John’s live work finally appearing (one other live concert went up on another site not long after he passed). Hopefully, more will appear as time goes on. Excellent front cover art for this one as well!

    By Tony on Jan 8, 2016

  10. Very awesome. So sorry to have missed John at SF’s Hotel Utah last month…not even sure the gig happened!

    Did see him with Midnight Oil in 1988, and in SF around the “Graffiti Man” album. True genius.

    By Bodega J on Jan 15, 2016

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