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Songs And Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11 Soundtrack

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When I make a film, I take my portable CD case and place in it a series of albums which contain music that reflects the mood I am in and the reasons that are motivating me to make this film. I play these CDs for myself and for my crew. Sometimes we have them playing in the van while we are driving around and filming. Sometimes I listen to them at night, thinking about what I want to accomplish the next day on the shoot. It is not easy to crash Capitol Hill to ask Congressmen if they would like to send THEIR sons to Iraq. Music helps get us there.

The songs contained on this CD are either the actual songs that made up our "on-the-scene" soundtrack, or they are by artists whom I have listened to over the years and have given me much inspiration...

Little Steven -- "I Am a Patriot"... That is how I feel. That is what we are. People who love our country and are trying to save it. This is a great anthem (and I love Jackson Browne's version of it also).

Bruce Springsteen -- "Chimes of Freedom" ...What can I say? Bruce is THE man. I have had his music playing in all my work, starting with "My Hometown" in "Roger & Me." He is who we all aspire to be! He never broke faith. I have carried his "Chimes of Freedom" EP with me for years, an EP that not many have, and I am proud to include it here.

Bob Dylan -- "With God On Our Side"... I once drove a thousand miles, from Flint, Mich. to Quebec City, to see Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in concert. Dylan (along with John Lennon) saved our entire generation from Pat Boone. That we would have a president now using God in this manner to defeat those whom he sees as godless makes this song all the more relevant more than 40 years after Dylan first recorded it.

Zack de la Rocha -- "We Want It All" ... Zack, the lead singer of the greatest rock band of the '90s, Rage Against the Machine, is, in person, the most gentle of souls you will ever meet. But when he gets in the studio or on the stage, a fire erupts that consumes all who listen. This is his first song in five years and it's a barn burner! Welcome back, Zack, we need ya now more than ever...

System of a Down -- "Boom "... I directed the video for this song. It was actually a celebration of the worldwide anti-war demonstrations of February 15, the largest single-day protests ever in history. System of a Down was there, just like they always have been. Play this song in the car and play it loud!

The Nightwatchman --"No One Left" ...Tom Morello, guitar slayer extrordinaire of Rage Against the Machine and now of Audioslave, has an alter ego and it's The Nightwatchman. This brand new track is both beautiful and haunting -- and painfully true. Death in New York, death in Baghdad, it is all to be mourned. Tom sings, the guitar is acoustic, and I am compelled to play this song over and over.

Pearl Jam -- "Masters of War"... Damn right, Eddie Vedder! I hear every bit of your anger that we all feel right now. There is a judgment day, and I wouldn't want to be standing next to anyone in the Bush administration when the avenging angel comes a-looking. This version of the Dylan classic is so brutal, so piercing, you find yourself glancing around to see if anyone is going to arrest you just for listening to it.

Dixie Chicks -- "Travelin' Soldier"... I was not the first to call out the President when I did so on that Oscar stage. Ten days before, the Dixie Chicks did it first. How wonderfully ironic that the first blow against this madness did not come from any of the usual "lefty" places, but rather from three moms from Bush's Texas. But that is how the revolution usually starts, isn't it? Some average, everyday Joe or Jane just gets fed up and says, OK, I've had enough. I love these three women. Their courage -- and the abuse and censorship that they had to sustain and overcome -- did much to get me through this past year. In the end, they were back on top, more popular than ever (so much for that old adage of you better not rock the boat or you will lose everything). And this song, about a kid who dies in Vietnam and nobody really cares except one pigtailed girl, is a heartbreaker for all who have lost a loved one in this current worthless war.

John Fogerty -- "Fortunate Son"... Says it all. Bush, the fortunate son who didn't have to go to Vietnam, now sends the sons, not of the fortunate, but of the poor and working class. I would love to play this song at full blast outside the White House some night. And don't think I won't!

The Clash -- "Know Your Rights" ... The street fightin' men of The Clash (along with the Sex Pistols) saved rock-n-roll from certain death in the late '70s, and this song is another great anthem for all to stand up and demand the rights guaranteed to us.

Steve Earle -- "The Revolution Starts Now"...This is an artist you must listen to. So much of his music in the past few years has been a call to action. A mix of country and rock and something that is only his, Steve pulls no punches and gives me much hope. This song is from his new album -- and every song on that album deserves a listen. If I were a rock star, I would be Steve Earle!

Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake-- "Where Is The Love?"... My nieces first gave me this song when we were completing the programming for the "Bowling For Columbine" DVD. It was too late by then to include it as a musical bed for our bonus featurettes, but I kept it in my CD case because I loved the spirit and its audaciousness. It really is one of the first truly great songs of this new century.

Nanci Griffith -- "Goodnight, New York"... My wife and I were stranded 3,000 miles from home on the morning of 9/11, our daughter back in New York without us. We got in a car and drove home. The night we crossed the George Washington Bridge and looked down the length of the island to see the smoke still billowing was perhaps one of the saddest moments of my life. As a child, my mother used to take us to New York all the time. She loved this city, and we grew to love it, too. One day, I got to move here. This beautiful song touches me in a personal way and I love to think about the promise of New York, of this country and its ideals, and of my wonderful, loving mother.

Jeff Buckley -- "Hallelujah" ...While we were putting this record to bed, Tom Morello, Serj (from System of a Down) and I took over K-Rock in New York on the afternoon of the first day of the 2004 Republican convention. We played this song, not out of despair, but from a sense of hope -- a hope that perhaps a simple song can take us to a better place.

And I hope you enjoy this CD. Though the songs aren't "mine," I feel them in me, and they urge me on to do the work we all need to do. I hope it has the same effect on you. We're all in the same boat, we're all in this together.

-Michael Moore

Filmmaker/political provocateur extraordinaire Michael Moore's marketing instincts have often proven the equal of his amusingly skewed agitprop. Here, the Fahrenheit 9/11 director offers up the diverse slate of pop and rock he claims inspired him and his crew as they were toiling on the anti-Bush administration documentary that became 2004's most unlikely blockbuster. The opening duet of Little Steven's "I Am a Patriot" and Springsteen's live take on "Chimes of Freedom" underscores the deep love of America Moore insists drives him and his work. The latter's writer, Bob Dylan, understandably becomes one of the collection's focal points, via his own rendition of the pointed "With God on Our Side" and Pearl Jam's brooding 2003 live acoustic cover of "Masters of War." Other stand-outs range from a muscular live take of John Fogerty's tone-setting "Fortunate Son" and the country-punk crunch of Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts Now" to the Dixie Chicks' folksy "Travelin' Soldier" and the techno-thrash of Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha's new cut, "We Want It All," while the inclusion of Justin Timberblake and Black Eyed Peas' hip-pop "Where Is the Love" underscores just how shrewd Moore's marketing sense really is. -- Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Am A Patriot - Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
  2. Chimes Of Freedom (Live) - Bruce Springsteen
  3. With God On Our Side - Bob Dylan
  4. We Want It All - Zack de la Rocha
  5. Boom! - System Of A Down
  6. No One Left - The Nightwatchman
  7. Masters Of War (Live) - Pearl Jam
  8. Travelin' Soldier - Dixie Chicks
  9. Fortunate Son (Live) - John Fogerty
  10. Know Your Rights - The Clash
  11. The Revolution Starts Now - Steve Earle
  12. Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake
  13. Good Night, New York (Live) - Nanci Griffith
  14. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • ASIN: B00049QM6S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As the first time I bought a "songs and artists that inspired" collection, I kind of wondered how it would go. It's not exactly a soundtrack album, yet is supposed to have some thematic ties to a certain film. In the case of music that inspired Fahrenheit 9/11, the themes deal with the freedoms people should be born with but which are suppressed, anti-war, and the poor soldier who becomes bullet fodder because he has to serve. Most of the songs have been previously released, the sole exception being ex-Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha's metal-core "We Want It All"

My favourite song here was originally on Voice of America, by Little Steven, late of the E Street Band. "I Am A Patriot" is not a right-wing song, but here, he emphasizes freedom as being the most important thing, especially from political parties. After saying he's no capitalist, communist, Democrat, Republican, imperialist, he says he belongs to one party-freedom, freedom enhanced by a partying reggae beat.

Steven's bandmate Bruce Springsteen comes next with his live cover of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom," originally on his 1988 EP of the same name.

The man Dylan himself comes with the seven minute opus "With God On Our Side," an ironic commentary on how many nations wrap them with god's name in war. Most striking is how the Germans were forgiven after killing 6 million. But hey, it's okay, because they now have god on their side. A similar folky sad harmonica-laced number is "No One Left" by the Nightwatchman, Tom Morello's band, which bewails tragedies that befell those who lost loved ones (Americans in New York and Iraqis in Baghdad.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2004
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Michael Moore researches his info thoroughly before filming, he had three lawyers confirm everything and hired a fact checker.

you dont have to like him but what he says is FACT! look up the info yourself and you'll find he's right. also there's no "cut and paste" as someone suggested. there are no seams, the film is flawless. you can tell cut and paste, changes in placement of objects, small lines on the film etc.know your facts before you post and for god's sake educate yourself.america's being ruined because people are too trusting and don't want to take the time to learn.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By insurrectionist on November 8, 2004
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Its a god damn shame that the republicans are allowed to negatively effect the score of this album because of their personal views on Moore.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Aragorn on October 19, 2004
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Michael Moore has assembled an excellent compilation of songs critical of war. Among the best are Chimes of Freedom (an excellent rendition by the Boss), With God on Our Side (especially relevant today with how Bush "wears his faith on his sleeve"), Masters of War (a warning to all those who seek to profit from war, politician or businessman), I Am A Patriot (a catchy reggae tune by Little Stephen (Van Zant)), and of course Fortunate Son (which should be blared at full volume outside the White House).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. on February 19, 2005
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The songs on this C.D. our the songs that will make every liberal in America want to rally behind the flag and change the world. Inspirational anti-war songs and it scares me everytime I listen for I'm getting afraid I'm reliving the sixities.

Everytime I listen I feel like going out to change the world and with the earnings from the C.D. going to a not-for-profit charity. Why wouldn't you want to have this C.D. in your collection. Wether your liberal or anti-war you'll enjoy these touching songs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim on October 31, 2005
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This is a really good collection of songs. The price of the album is worth it for Pear Jams cover of 'Masters of War' alone. Bob Dylans lyrics are awesome and Eddie sings it with so much passion. This is without a doubt the ultimate anti-war song (IMO).

Here are a few of my favourite verses from the song

You've thrown the worst fear

That can ever be hurled

Fear to bring children

Into the world

For threatening my baby

Unborn and unnamed

You ain't worth the blood

That runs in your veins

How much do I know

To talk out of turn

You might say that I'm young

You might say I'm unlearned

But there's one thing I know

Though I'm younger than you

Even Jesus would neverForgive what you do

And I hope that you die

And your death'll come soon

I will follow your casket

In the pale afternoonAnd

I'll watch while you're lowered

into your deathbed

And I'll stand o'er your grave'

Til I'm sure that you're dead

Sorry for just focusing on the one song, the whole album is great but even if you don't end up buying do yourself a favour and get a hold of this song!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. on April 11, 2005
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Yeah, liberals need to "get over themselves" so you right-wing, goose-stepping fascists can create a police state in which freedom of thought and expression is suppressed because, God forbid (and He will forbid, the leaders of this idiotic regime will be sure to invoke His name in ALL that they do) someone have an original thought.
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