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Issue #7

March 18, 2015

Issue #7 turns the page on a new chapter at Rootfire. It was the first time we really asked to hear from you, and the stories you sent in were incredible. The whole thing started with Keenan Donath, who introduced Fortunate Youth’s new single “My Love,” but it reached new heights with all the amazing messages you sent during our vinyl and concert ticket giveaways.

During the giveaway for Rebelution tickets, we asked you to send in stories about who you would give the tickets to and why? A few answers got the tickets sent to their friend/relative/loved one as a gift. I wanted to use the experience as an opportunity to hear in your voices how the scene has impacted the lives of you and the people closest to you. Over the course of reading the 50+ stories that were submitted, we learned a few things– first and foremost that your voices are powerful.

It was inspiring to read so many heartfelt stories. We heard from people who wanted to ask their long-time friends to become their lovers at the show and from moms and dads who were inspired to pull their children out of school and live on the farm/off the land (something I personally daydream about often) because of Rebelution’s song lyrics. Several people wrote in about life’s saddest moments– loss of life, economic hardships, and how Rebeluton’s music pulled their family and friends closer to them through those times. I wanted to cry reading a few of those e-mails. They reminded me of my family, and of the power of music.

The other thing that really stuck with me is that I want Rootifre to keep doing this– giving away tickets to shows and hearing from you directly, because you are the reason we’re here.  As the next chapter of our story unfolds, Issue #7 concludes with a little bit of inspiration coming from Tatanka’s song “Reward Them” in which Ian G. sings:

Start a Movement, build for days,
Work Real Hard, your time pays off.
We all go help them, people come together, no selfish.
Work hard reward them!

Root down, live up.


  • Seth Herman - author
  • Giles Morris - author
  • James Searl - author
  • Keenan Donath - guest author
  • Josué Rivas - daily photo features
  • Andy Pritiken - graphic design
  • Lindsay Baugh - cover photo
  • Curtis Bergesen - community mgmt
  • Dylan Aldrich - contributor
While the music of Fortunate Youth is constantly spreading to new audiences due to the band’s rigorous tour schedule, familiar followers will instantly recognize the sound of the new single, which fits right in with all-time favorite tracks like “Sweet Love” and “Love Is The Most High.” This is music to unwind to.
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It reminds me of conversations I’ve had recently with Joshua Swain of The Movement. Roots is just a one drop and a Jamaican accent, but reggae can be anything you want it to be. Or the ongoing conversation I have with Semaj Surreal, who sees reggae as a powerful tonic with which to treat the malarial affliction of global inequality and wake suburban America up out of its complacent unreality.
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Vinyl is a magic part of our scene. Not only does it sound excellent but LPs make the music and art physical, and help connect the story. Each week we are giving away one vinyl LP and mailing it to you.
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I was raised anxious about the end of days. The fear was never instilled by my parents, or any religion. I was never formally warned of the Four Horseman or anything.  Instead, it seeped surreptitiously into my awareness, drawing from a peripheral swirl of stories, songs, and an imaginative media, whose tales drew me to the television each afternoon of my schooldays.  … Read More

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Rebelution is playing two SOLD OUT shows this week at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.
You have the opportunity to give one of your friends a pair of tickets to see Rebelution on March 11.

The Rules Are Simple:

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These three songs that have been in our repertoire for years, provide grounds for healthy experimentation and movement, guided by mixture of James Brown and Grateful Dead pedagogy. The ability to provide a show to the audience, but also to ourselves.
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The Skints are a band with a mature sound that references the ‘80s London scene that brought forth amazing new music, and in many ways spawned what happened in California a musical generation later. The group’s third album FM is primed to further establish interdependence between the US and UK reggae markets.
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