Published Jul 09, 2020Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has treated his new "Stand Up" song to a video, which is packed with protest footage from past and present.
As previously reported, the track finds the RATM member joining forces with Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, the Bloody Beetroots and Shea Diamond. Proceeds from the song — and now video — go to the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
Morello previously shared the following statement about the song:
I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family's garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.
It seems that the times, they are a'changin'. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.
Check out the "Stand Up" video below.