I can be driving down the road, at home out somewhere in the public, and the lines come. How involved were you in the process of putting the book together? That was a real challenge.
My lyrics are scattered all over. But basically, I pretty much left it in their hands. Is there a particular part of the country where you feel most comfortable, or where those things might to stir up for you a bit more?
This is how we make our way through this reality, how we manifest our reality clearly and coherently. We use our intelligence, our creative intelligence, because we create with intelligence.
My whole attempt has been to think my way through this reality rather than believe it. Our responsibility is to use our intelligence as clearly and coherently as we possibly can. Those who will take the identity of poet or activist or any of that are no more responsible to do that than every one else.
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Nothing in particular. I liked the line. That line came into my head, and immediately I found a couple more lines to go along with it, then over a period of time I hunted the lines to go with that line. So that was madness there, on its own.
And I think that the way that we deal with it is through what I call the Moremes. We deal with these different defense mechanisms within ourselves. Then it was re-released again, through Rykodisc, in Navy on a destroyer off the Vietnamese coast. He became involved in Native American activism and was a spokesman for American Indian protesters during their occupation of Alcatraz Island and served as national chairman of the American Indian Movement from to He was a prolific poet, who combined spoken words and music on more than a dozen albums.
He also acted in several movies including Thunderheart and Smoke Signals.
There was a documentary about him called Trudell. In , Trudell and singer Willie Nelson co-founded Hempstead Project Heart, which advocates for legalizing the growing of hemp for industrial purposes as a more environmentally sound alternative to crops used for clothing, biofuel and food.
He died of cancer on December 8, at the age of Lines from a Mined Mind Large Print 16pt. John Trudell.
Popular Music critic Neal Ullestad said of Trudell's live performances, "This isn't simply pop rock with Indian drums and chants added. First of all, he has spent the past forty years as a resistance fighter on behalf of his people, the Santee Sioux, and the authority you accept as a government are in his eyes an occupying power. Angel, Mine. Seller Inventory MG. Paperback , pages. Trudell often used his poetry as lyrics for recordings, and began in to set them to traditional American Indian music, which also in the s eventually led to the recording of A. He used his background in broadcasting and ran a radio station from the island through a cooperative arrangement with students at the University of California, Berkeley , broadcasting at night over the Berkeley FM station.
John Trudell's potent imagery and passionate convictions have established his international reputation as a poet and musician. Using his commanding voice, the ''people's poet'' has also made great strides as a Native American activist, as a leader of the American Indian Movement, and as spokesperson for the All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island.
For the first time, Lines from a Mined Mind brings together lyrics and musings from Trudell's year recording career. More than a simple anthology, this collection goes deeper, revealing the incendiary intersection of music and activism.