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    Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:04:56

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    Zack de la Rocha, singer of Rage Against the Machine, had added a bevy of new artists to his The Sound Strike campaign, where he is encouraging artists to boycott performing in the state of Arizona after it passed the immigration law. Nine Inch Nails, Chris Rock and Ry Cooder have joined the boycott effort. De la Rocha also told Billboard that he is working on a series of protest concerts in July.

    "In the coming weeks we are going to be organizing a series of concerts that are respectful of the nature of the boycott in its attempts to isolate the Arizona government but not isolate the people, and especially the organizations that are fighting this on the ground," de la Rocha said. "Many of us have begun to plan concerts that include bands that have signed on the Sound Strike, and make tickets available so that people within Arizona can come and see these concerts as they roll out. These are things that are being set into motion right now - a series of concerts or maybe even one giant concert in late July." It is possible that Rage Against the Machine, known for its political stances, will play one or more of these possible concerts.

    Other boycotters of Arizona due to its law, where cops are able to demand that suspected immigrants produce documentation of their immigration status, include Maroon 5, Gogol Bordello, Ben Harper, Pitbull and My Morning Jacket. These acts will not perform in the state until the law is repealed.

    Other supporters include Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anti-Flag, Throwing Muses, State Radio, Aztlan Underground and DJ Spooky.

    Would you join the boycott of Arizona by refusing to visit the state?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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