Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense

Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense


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The brutal 1993 rape and murder of Gits lead-vocalist Mia Zapata served as a catalyst for expressions of grief and then concrete positive action on the Seattle music scene. Zapata's musician friends channeled their anger and anguish into the formation of Home Alive -- a non-profit collective promoting creative approaches to ending violence. Among other initiatives, the organization offers a wide array of self-defense classes, workshops and forums. As an international awareness project, two-disc album Home Alive - The Art of Self Defense proves a stunning exception to the well-meaning but often-trite benefit-album treadmill. A total of 44 tracks make for an invigorating, empowering, liberating experience, absorbing the harsh medicine and channeled anger of biting spoken-word contributions with a sugar-coating of power-packed punkish alternative anthems. The poetry and spoken selections range from reflective passages evoking sombre truths (often from male contributors like Jim Carroll and Andrew Horowitz) to brutally disturbing, anguished rants (Natalie Jacobson, Lydia Lunch), sometimes bordering on numbing hyperbole, but always honest and thought-provoking. Zapata herself is documented with a live solo track from 1991 and a number with the Gits. Surviving Gits appear under the name Dancing French Liberals of '48, and team with Joan Jett as Evil Stig for a live "Go Home." Even the city's majordomos like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden check in with taut, energized rockers rather than standard-issue Seattle sludge. While the inclusion of Nirvana's superb, ironic live recording "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" (Grenoble, France, 1994) serves as a highlight beacon, the project inspired several second-division alternative acts to turn in some of their strongest, noteworthy performances, among them Love Battery, Fastbacks, Supersuckers, Gretta Harley, 7 Year Bitch and the Posies. Other name draws (not all from Seattle): Jello Biafra, Exene Cervenka, Ann and Nancy of Heart, and the Presidents of the United States of America. It may sound over-idealistic, but I'll side with the liner note assertion that "everyone who buys and listens to this record is part of the process of creating the awareness that we can change our behavior to deal with the violence that surrounds us while working toward larger social changes." It's almost a guilty bonus that you get such a rawly galvanizing listening experience to boot.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646748626
catalogNumber: 67486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jello Biafra   Track Performer
Jim Carroll   Track Performer
Exene Cervenka   Track Performer
Fastbacks   Track Performer
Joan Jett   Track Performer
Lydia Lunch   Track Performer
Nirvana   Track Performer
Pearl Jam   Track Performer
Posies   Track Performer
Soundgarden   Track Performer
Love Battery   Track Performer
Supersuckers   Track Performer
Alcohol Funnycar   Track Performer
Gits   Track Performer
7 Year Bitch   Track Performer
Ann Wilson   Track Performer
Mia Zapata   Track Performer
Green Apple Quick Step   Track Performer
Evil Stig   Track Performer
Tribe 8   Track Performer
Kristen Barry   Track Performer
Dancing French Liberals of '48   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Viva Project   Track Performer
Kathleen Hanna   Track Performer
Portrait of Poverty   Track Performer
Bobby Miller   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jello Biafra   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Lydia Lunch   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Jack Endino   Engineer
Gits   Producer
7 Year Bitch   Producer
Jon Auer   Engineer
Scott Benson   Producer,Engineer
Kurt Bloch   Producer
Ed Brooks   Engineer
Bruce Calder   Engineer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Phil Ek   Producer,Engineer
John Goodmanson   Engineer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Gary King   Engineer
Kenny Laguna   Producer
Allen Lanier   Composer
Steve Moriarty   Engineer
John Nevin   Engineer
Scott Olson   Producer,Engineer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Aaron Shilley   Engineer
Conrad Uno   Engineer
Ann Wilson   Producer,Engineer
David Miles Huber   Engineer
John Aiosa   Engineer
Stuart Hallerman   Engineer
Pete Gerrald   Engineer
Tribe 8   Composer
Nancy Wilson   Producer,Engineer
Kip Beelman   Engineer
Matt Bayles   Engineer
Thee Slayer Hippy   Engineer
Travis Dickerson   Engineer
Ben London   Engineer
Jim Fourniadis   Engineer
Craig Overbay   Engineer
Jon Schluckebier   Engineer
Kevin Suggs   Engineer
Chocolate Genius   Engineer
Bill Gallagher   Engineer
Gaqs   Producer
James Hale   Engineer
Robert Hanline   Engineer
Mia Zapata   Composer
Noah Fence   Composer
Virgil Robinson   Composer
Gretta Harley   Composer

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