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This track introduces two polemical views on the events of 911 from the perspective of a pair of duel- ling street poets who were recorded at ground zero on the 5th anniversary of 911. Their lyrical battle revolves around two very different political views on the events that have unfolded since the attack on the World Trade Centre. The first put forward his critique of America’s rush to war after the tragic events of 911 and the convenient scape goat of Osama Bin Laden who help them extend their war plans to Iraq. The second takes a more patriotic view of George Bush’s response to the attacks and calls for remembrance of the fallen heroes of 911.

These two conflicting poems are accompanied by a military inspired drum solo by NYC drummer Scotty Lehman and the spatial, psychedelic guitar riffs of Valerie Opielski and Laurent Medelgi.


from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore, released September 28, 2014
Battling Poets taken from a recording by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow at 5th Anniversary of 911, Ground Zero, New York 2007.

Narrative Editing : Christopher Thomas Allen

Drums : Scotty ‘Imp’ Lehman
Electric Guitar : Laurent Medelgi & Valerie Opielski
Bass Guitar : Tim Cowie

Music Arrangement : Tim Cowie

Additional Music : Jude Greenaway
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen



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