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Steve Earle vs. Walmart

I’ve long hailed hardcore troubadour/political activist Steve Earle in this space and elsewhere, for his words and music and physical presence versus everything from capital punishment to landmines. Earlier this week I posted his great and always-timeless song “Jerusalem.” I’ve interviewed him about his reading habits and love for Hank WillIams and Townes van Zandt, and lamented his sudden demise on Treme.

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Naturally, he was one of the first (if not the first) major music stars to rally to the anti-Walmart protests.

Here is a little spot he cut for the rallies vs. Walmart coming to Chinatown in LA back in June (“I’ve never known Walmart to be a good neighbor”). It includes the first verse of his new “I’m Thinking About Burning the Walmart Down” song. Below that he sings the whole song in concert.

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