Videos: Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Play “Masters of War” and “81 Million Dollars”

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Andy Worthington's band The Four Fathers play Brockley Christmas Market on December 12, 2015 (Photo: Ruth Gilburt).

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Below are the last two videos from an event before Christmas at Deptford Cinema, a community cinema in south east London, when I talked about Guantánamo, and my band The Four Fathers played a set of political songs. I spoke about my ten years of research, writing and campaigning about Guantánamo, including the We Stand With Shaker campaign that I launched in November 2014 with the activist Joanne MacInnes to secure the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who was finally freed on October 30 after nearly 14 years in US custody.

Following my talk, The Four Fathers played eight songs — “Song for Shaker Aamer,”  the song I wrote that was featured in the campaign video for We Stand With Shaker, updated to reflect Shaker’s release, my roots reggae anthem “Fighting Injustice,” band member Richard Clare’s song “She’s Back” (about Pussy Riot), a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” and four other songs of mine, “Tory Bullshit Blues” and “81 Million Dollars,” about the US torture program ($81m being the amount that was paid, by the Bush administration, to two contractors, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who set up and ran the program), and the new songs “Riot” and “London.”

You can buy our album “Love and War” here, as an eight-track download, or on CD with two extra tracks (including “Masters of War”) — or you can buy tracks individually from just 60p ($0.93) each, although you’re welcome to pay more to support us.

Recordings of the event were made by a friend, Andrew, and I’ve been making them available since. The video of my talk is here, which I posted before Christmas, on Christmas Day I posted the video of “Song for Shaker Aamer,” and a few days ago I posted two more videos — of “Fighting Injustice” and “She’s Back.” Below are two more videos — of “Masters of War” and “81 Million Dollars.”

“Masters of War” by The Four Fathers, Deptford Cinema, December 18, 2015

“81 Million Dollars” by The Four Fathers, Deptford Cinema, December 18, 2015

I hope you like them and will share them if you do. Please also feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel — and if you want to book me for a talk, or to have the band play, please do get in touch.

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album, ‘Love and War,’ is available for download or on CD via Bandcamp — also see here). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

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4 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Here are the last of the videos of my band The Four Fathers playing at Deptford Cinema before Christmas, after I gave a talk about ‪Guantanamo‬ and Shaker Aamer. The two videos here are of our cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and my song “81 Million Dollars,” about the US torture program ($81m being, astonishingly and sickeningly, the amount that two contractors, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were paid for setting up and running the program!)

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Posting early, because The Four Fathers are playing tonight, at the Bird’s Nest in Deptford at 8pm. Free entry! Off out to soundcheck now!

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Ruth Gilburt wrote:

    Grrr…thought it started at 9pm so missed it!
    Hope it was a good gig for you x

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    It was a great gig, Ruth. The Bird’s Nest is brilliant for live music, and we had a great sound man. The main act was also good. I’m hoping we’ll get to play there again; otherwise, for now, we’re playing an acoustic set at People Before Profit’s Burns Night on Jan. 31 at the Hill Station, and another full electric set at Vinyl Deptford on Saturday Feb. 13.

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer (The State of London).
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