Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Michael Franti

Musician, poet, filmmaker, and human rights worker, Michael Franti’s words and music have galvanized a generation. A true visionary for our times, he spouts his lyrics with a voice
ranging from youthful rage to one that is more soulful, thoughtfully standing for social justice and peace.

Food for the Masses: Lyrics & Portraits
In Food for the Masses, his lyrics are collected in one place, to enlighten, inspire, and enrich fans and newcomers alike with one of the most exciting voices of our times. The pages also sing with marvelous, intimate photographs of Michael, friends, and band members, playing, traveling the world, and simply hanging out.

Albums included are: The Beatnigs; Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury; Home; Chocolate Supa Highway; Stay Human; Songs from the Front Porch; Everyone Deserves Music

MICHAEL FRANTI was born on April 21, 1966 in Oakland and has become world-famous as a musician, filmmaker, poet, and human rights worker. In 1986, he formed the Beatnigs, whose black industrial sound deconstructed punk, rock, and Reaganism.

By 1992, Franti and Beatnigs member Rono Tse became the Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy with the multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hunter. Franti has toured with U2, the Fugees, and Dave Matthews, recorded with Sly & Robbie and William Burroughs, and become a protest music icon. His annual “Power to the Peaceful” event in San Francisco is a beacon for more than 50,000 people each year. 

After his new band, Spearhead, signed with Capitol Records, their albums Home and Chocolate Supa Highway brought them international success. During Michael’s decades of recording, he has established himself as an international touring artist and advocate for the arts and social justice. Michael lives in San Francisco.


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