American Singer, Songwriter, Political & Social Activist (1967- )
The Musical Voice of the Progressive Movement
If you knew that the earth was dying/ If they said this on the news…/ If you could see the ice caps melting…/ If you knew the bombs were falling/ If they showed them hit the ground/ If you could see the bodies flying/ If you could hear the sound…/ If every time we went to war/ To fight our evil foes/ they told you we were really fighting/ For the good of CEOs…/ If you knew that the whole planet / Depended on what you do…/ What if you knew?
David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable of who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.