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.
Note from Haithem at Palestine Online Store: I first met David when he agreed to perform at a fundraiser in Seattle for the International Solidarity Movement. He graciously accepted my invitation to Palestine, where I organized a series of free concerts for him in Jenin, Ramallah, Birzeit, Nablus, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Haifa. An-Najah University honored him with a special recognition and award from the university’s President. But even before he got this taste of Palestine, his songs have always reflected a full understanding of whats going on and deep empathy for what it feels like to be a Palestinian.. his song “I Wanna Go Home” really hit the nail on the head!
Falasteen Habibti (Liberation Records, 2014)
1. Gaza 2. Occupation 3. Israeli Geography 101 4. Bubbling Up 5. What Do You Call It 6. Holy Land Five 7. Lebanon, 2006 8. Song for the Mavi Marmara 9. They’re Building A Wall 10. Christmas Eve in Bethlehem 11. Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands 12. Jenin 13. Vanunu 14. Palestine 15. I Wanna Go Home 16. The Key 17. The Death of Rachel Corrie 18. Song the Songbird Sings 19. Children of Jerusalem 20. In One World 21. Return
Meanwhile in Afghanistan (Liberation Records, 2012)
1. Breivik 2. Holy Land Five 3. Israeli Geography 101 4. London is Burning 5. Adelaide 6. Syrian Princess 7. Meanwhile in Afghanistan 8. Watch Out fo the COPS! 9. If Only It Were True 10. Steal This MP3 11. He Called Me Dad 12. Why Don’t They Play You on the Radio
David Rovics’ official website
Video of “I Wanna Go Home”
Video of “Palestine”
Video of “Jenin”
Video of “Midnight on the Mavi Marmara”