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The Chris Hedges Report: Roger Waters on His Music, Activism and ‘This is Not a Drill’ Tour

One of Poland’s biggest music venues has canceled a concert by Roger Waters, the co-founder of Pink Floyd, after he called for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. Courting controversy is not new.

By Chris Hedges | The Chris Hedges Report

Roger Waters, the British rock legend and co-founder of Pink Floyd, is in the midst of his “This Is Not A Drill” tour. In his concerts he weds his musical genius to the most pressing social issues of our day, including permanent war, police violence, the crimes of Israeli occupation against the Palestinians, including the killing of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the Israeli military and the imprisonment of Julian Assange. When Waters performs the song “The Powers that Be” above him on the enormous video screens are animated scenes of police brutality. The names of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor and others flash on the screens. Their crime is listed as being Black. Their punishment is listed as death.

Back and forth he shows the forces of repression, including images from the Collateral Murder video, the Israeli bombing of Gaza and numerous other police murders including those of the Syrian Ali Al-Hamda, killed by Turkish police, Rashan Charles, killed by British police, and Matheus Melo Castro, shot by police in Brazil. Slogans of resistance pepper the performance — “Fuck Drones,” “Fuck the Supreme Court” “Fuck Occupation,” “You Can’t Have Occupation And Human Rights.” He dedicates a song to the water protectors and has a montage of U.S, presidents from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden, all labeled as war criminals. Waters returns us to the era when artists were not denuded of moral authority by commercial interests. He stands unequivocally with the oppressed. He stands unequivocally against the forces of repression. Like Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa or Woody Guthrie he knows who we must fight for and who we must fight against. Joining me to discuss music and his tour is Roger Waters.

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges Report.

10 comments

  1. You know in the 1960’s I was in my early teens, but I really took to artists who had something to say about the inequality of the establishment, and the oppression of various peoples. It struck a chord with me and for many years while I started writing songs, I felt there was no follow-up on the critical front with musicians. It seemed they became complacent, comfortable with the money they made, permitted to sit back and let the powers that be plunder the planet and her people into submission. So it is with great enthusiasm, that I read this article, with hope and a feeling that Roger Waters may ignite the spark that will turn this planet ablaze with unity among all peoples demanding TRUTH, ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, ALL HUMAN NECESSITIES AND RECOGNIZING THE ABUNDANCE NEEDED TO MEET THESE GOALS. Immaculate Anarchy is how it should be. Namaste, Edward William Case

    1. William- The ones who followed up got cancelled.
      There’s a starmaking machinery behind the popular song, or haven’t you heard?

  2. Thank you, gentlemen for lighting up my evening with this wonderful conversation while baking a cake. Love and compassion for our brothers and sisters is what makes us human. Thank you for doing your best to spread this message around the world.

  3. Finally had a chance today to listen to your interview with Roger Waters. I regard all your work highly, but this interview moved in some different ways I can’t articulate right now. The piece alone is worth the subscription fee. Thank you for pulling this off.

    1. Chris Hedges is the intelectual, Matt Taibbi the media man, Jimmy Dore the blue collar man. All have a clear perception of the miasm in the present media and goverment. For that reason, Chris has been banned from YouTube and his videos dissappeared.
      He is obiously a person that “Any bux you won’t take?”
      Can you give examples of your claim? Be precise.

  4. Roger waters is a bit like Woody Guthrie but for this generation ,his audience cover a wide range

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