Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Conversation with the Band 'William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up' About Politics, Truth-Telling, and Popular Music

The American roots, rock, and soul band William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Contemporary popular music is often vacuous and empty. But, there are a few rare voices who are trying to speak truth to power while also making entertaining and provocative music. William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up is one such band. 

In this conversation, I sat down with Ish and PM Romero of William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up and had a great to and fro about politics, popular culture, the role of the artist as truth-teller, navigating the business that is popular music, and their experience working on issues such as global warming and the homelessness crisis in the United States. Ish and Romero also share some wonderful and inspirational life advice that we can all learn from.

This was an easy and fun conversation. It was also a nice complement to the other conversations we have had here on The Chauncey DeVega Show about music and politics over the last few months. 

Chauncey DeVega also shares his thoughts on the 2015 Oscars, Patricia Arquette's white feminist fail, and John Legend's well-intentioned recycling of a distorted "truth" about African-American incarceration and chattel slavery.

This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show with William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up can be listened to below or "watched" on the official Youtube channel for

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kokanee said...

Great podcast! William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up is new to me but artists like them are sorely needed. The mainstream media is not dangerous in the least (to borrow one of Arthur Silber's lines.)

I had better make your Beef Bourguinon this weekend! ;) Thanks for pronouncing kokanee correctly. It feels much better to get a shout out from the good guys rather than the evil ones.

chauncey devega said...

Glad you liked it. Was fun. Navigating getting more folks to listen to the shows is a puzzle that we will soon resolve with momentum.

Remember you control the Beef Bourguinon, the stew does not control you.