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Sing the Verses They Never Teach You in School | Chris "#2" Barker | TEDxPittsburgh

vor 2 Jahren

Activism isn't always as simple as writing a song. Yet if music can move people and people can make change, then there's a case to be made for picking up a guitar or penning a chorus with a message of revolution. Punk legend Chris "#2" Barker of Anti-Flag dons an acoustic guitar and covers portions of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" and Phil Ochs "What Do I Have to Do?" with breaks for commentary to share this idea.

Chris “#2” Barker is a songwriter, performer, and activist. Ten records, millions of Spotify and YouTube streams, hundreds of thousands of record sales later, he and internationally known punk band Anti-Flag continue to make music with a message of social justice. Chris’ musical and artistic endeavors are a rallying cry for those with no voice against fascism, racism, and inequality in favor of hope, empathy, and solidarity. Chris doesn’t speak truth to power; he shouts it at the top of his lungs. Chris has also produced several albums for the record label he helped to found: A-F Records.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at