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Man is the Bastard
Track Listing
A Bright, Shining Hell
(mp3, 2.7 MB, 3:15)
A Message to Mumia
(mp3, 2.8 MB, 3:27)
A House is Not a Home
(mp3, 2.8 MB, 3:27)
May 13th Remembered
(mp3, 3.5 MB, 4:14)

Father Hunger
(mp3, 4.4 MB, 5:25)

Black August
(mp3, 3.9 MB, 4:45)
Legalized Crime
(mp3, 2.4 MB, 3:01)
Diversity on the Airwaves
(mp3, 2.2 MB, 0:40)
Bob Dole
The Freedom to Write
(mp3, 546 kb, 1:06)
Allen Ginsberg
(mp3, 812 kb, 0:58)
Jello Biafra
The Depth of Our Courage
(mp3, 581 kb, 0:42)
Assah Shkur
Who is Not on Death Row
(mp3, 445 kb, 0:32)
Mumia Abu-Jamal
* Alignment
(mp3, 1.8 MB, 2:07)
* Infiltration
(mp3, 5.8 MB, 6:58)
* Fusing Skull and Anvil
(mp3, 6.6 MB, 8:03)
* Subterfuge
(mp3, 6.5 MB, 8:00)
* Man is the Bastard Tracks

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Commercial CDs

Man is the Bastard

Author, journalist, activist, political prisoner and subject of the HBO documentary "Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case Of Reasonable Doubt?" In hi own powerful words. Music side is provided by SoCal's hardcore experimentalistsMan Is The Bastard.

Spoken-word albums tend to be novelties, usually heard once or twice and then filed away until you need something to spice up that mix you're making for your friend. But one advantage of releasing them that they can bring political information to people who wouldn't see it otherwise. Jello Biafra's Alternative Tantacles label, no stranger to spoken word, has just released discs from two different prominent leftists: Death Row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal and Earth First!er Judi Bari. Abu-Jamal has been a cause celebre for liberals of all shades and listening to this disc, it's easy to hear why. Abu-Jamal's voice critiques against and inherently racist society. One surprising omission on this disc (originally recorded for National Public Radio) is coverage of the details of his case. The material he does cover has all been heard before, but not with this much innate charisma backing it.

The four Man is The Bastard tracks are heavy, angry, and blunt, should provide a good incentive to get hardcore kids to buy the alternative. The less celebrated Judi Bari, who died of cancer last spring, was organizer for Earth First! She was also a folk-singer and a good conversationalist. While Abu-Jamal's speeches sound somewhat rehearsed, Bari's sound easy and off-the-cuff, discussing the problems of the logging industry, the government which allows them to get on with it, and the bombing incident after which the disc in named. More importantly, she talks about the importance of working with loggers instead of taking the middle-class eco-liberal high road and damning the lot of them. Both records are provocative, but Bari's comes off more natural, more apt to be listened to repeatedly. Whatever the case, both deserve to be heard.
- JG, the Onion

The spoken word side of this LP is amazing. Mumia is a terrific, eloquent speaker who peels back the curtain and allows you to see what life on death row and in the streets of black (poor) America is like. There are also pieces by Jello Biafra, Allen Ginsberg, Assah Shkur, and bob Dole (yes, the bob Dole who ran for President in 1996). I think the Dole crap would have been more effective if it were run without the artsy dubs and sound bites and just let his prejudice and support of state murder, censorship and white supremacy speak for itself.
- Vox Magazine