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“1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs” 4-Year Anti-Trump Project Launches with R.E.M. Track

"1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs" Starts with a Live Version of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

Jan 20, 2017 R.E.M. Bookmark and Share

In the last month of the election writer Dave Eggers spearheaded the “30 Days, 30 Songs” anti-Donald Trump campaign, in which a new anti-Trump song was released every day. Now that Trump is our president they have announced a massive expansion of the playlist, now called “1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs.” Every weekday for the next four years, aka Trump’s first (and perhaps only) term, they plan to update the playlist with a new track. It starts today with a live version of R.E.M.‘s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” recorded in 1989. It’s a fitting song to sum up the mood today, inauguration day, that most who don’t support Trump are in. We posted the studio version of the song on election night, when it was clear that Trump had won. The live version was recorded in Greensboro and features the band’s original lineup of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. Listen below via the project’s Spotify playlist.

A press release states: “Going forward, the list will feature guest curators, allowing different artists, musicians, authors, celebrities, and more pick a week of songs that fit the theme of the playlist.” They will also sometimes be partnering with the “Our First 100 Days” anti-Trump project, which launched today with a new Angel Olsen song, “Fly on Your Wall.” Sometimes the two projects will share songs.

Eggers had this to say about the project in a press release: “These are strange and disturbing times. We need music to make sense of it—or at least provide a soundtrack to our climb from despair to action. The White House we’ve known for the last 8 years—one that projected inclusion, compassion, intellectual rigor and progress—is gone. But it’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of the fight. No, we don’t feel fine, but we can feel inspired to act. Despair will not help the millions who are newly vulnerable. Time to get to work.”


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