Video Of The Day: Rise Against “Ballad of Hollis Brown”

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Chicago punk veterans Rise Against have released their official video for “Ballad of Hollis Brown”, from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. The album features over fifty artists covering Dylan songs to benefit Amnesty International and was released on January 24th.

From the band’s website: “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” was about one farmer who falls on hard times, but I don’t think anyone from that time period could imagine how our entire agricultural system would fall on hard times. We wanted to make a video that would let the audience know that these problems aren’t exclusive to the time period Bob Dylan was singing about, and in fact they’ve grown exponentially. A farmer’s enemies aren’t just drought or floods anymore, they are now everything from over-powerful corporations to short-sighted immigration policies.”

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.