Imagine coming home from the Iraq war.Let's say you're injured. Paralyzed by a bullet to the spine. Wheel-chair bound. No job. Your number one challenge is just getting out of your own house. Thanks to you're old pals Bush and Cheney, it's going to be a herculean chore just to get from one end of a day to the other for the rest of your life. The list of things that you're capable of doing just got really really REALLY short. But thankfully for you, one of those things is listen to music.
And that is exactly how this body of music came to be. The music CD is called "Body of War" and it's featured in an upcoming documentary by the same name. The gorgeous website claims that the CD consists of songs that inspired 25 year old returning war vet Thomas Young, who was paralyzed from a bullet to his spine after but a few days of serving in Iraq and not having fired a single round.
Public Enemy performs "Son of a Bush," System of a Down performs "BYOB", Pearl Jam does "Masters of War" (see VIDEO performance below), Bruce Springsteen belts "Devils and Dust," Niel Young plucks "Restless Consumer," Roger Waters, Tori Amos, Tom Waits. Lots of Lyrical Jabs at the criminals that led this nation into the Iraq war.
Apparently, Eddie Vetter wrote this song and one other about the Iraq war veteran featured in the movie within a week and a half.
Speaking of criminals, the movie site has a pretty active forum where I discovered information about how to support AWOL soldiers in places like Canada. The fact that Bush lied to get us into the war and himself was an AWOL Air Force Lt. makes the criminalization of AWOL soldiers utterly preposterous.