Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns) is the latest musician to comment on the possibility of a strike amid the unfair practices within the industry. According him, artists “MUST organize [their selves] as workers FIRST.”
Barnett said the following in a series of tweets:
“There’s a lot of talk about striking in the music industry as of late. We, music workers, under no circumstance should try to attempt something like that right now. We MUST organize ourselves as workers FIRST. We can’t be arrogant and we can’t be stupid.
We MUST follow the lead of the global labor movement and their millennia of experience with organizing against corporate pigs. We CAN NOT be chauvinistic in our analysis. We MUST be internationalist in our demands because this affects music workers world-wide.
Patience, love, organization and strategy will make it so our demands can be backed up with unrelenting militance. I’m tired people. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’m tired. Let’s stop asking for crumbs or even worse, asking for a seat at their table.
I make music for me. I make music for others. I make music for many reasons but that’s not all that I am as a person. That other guy who has a whole life at home that he has to leave, deserves his peace. And so do you.
So if nothing else let’s organize just under that one idea: that we deserve peace. And then let’s hit them in the fucking mouth with it.”
In other news, Barnett will also be hitting the road in Europe on a solo acoustic tour. Here’s the dates:
04/19 Nurnberg, GER – Hirsch
04/20 Hanover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
04/21 Hamburg, GER – Logo
04/23 Duffel, BEL – Cinema Plaza
04/24 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
04/25 Paris, FRA – Esspace
04/26 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
04/27 Stuttgart, GER – Club Cann
04/28 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
04/29 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
05/01 Wien, AUT – B 72
05/02 Munchen, GER – Backstage
05/03 Zurich, SWI – Exil
05/05 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
05/06 Dresden, GER – Blauer Salon
05/07 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
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