Ben Harper breaks free
By Francois Marchand, Vancouver SunJuly 3, 2012 2:49 PM
Ben Harper is saving the hammer for Walmart.
Reached via phone in Santa Monica recently, the Grammy-winning roots-rock singer-songwriter was debating whether he would make an appearance at a planned demonstration against the building of a new Walmart store in the heart of Los Angeles’s Chinatown.
The gathering generated quite a bit of media attention and was being directed by his good friend Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine fame), with whom Harper recently recorded protest song Save The Hammer For The Man.
“It’s historic Chinatown,” Harper said. “
I love it down there. It’s a special place with a special feel, it’s rich in historic value, and it should be preserved. Part of that preservation should be not allowing a Walmart there. There are so many other places it can go. Let’s not even get into free trade and labour laws.” more»