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  • Michael Moorcock
    Site Host
    • Dec 2003
    • 14278

    Arthur Record deserves your support!



    "Let's help give youth a balanced view of what military service REALLY
    means," says Arthur editor Jay Babcock.

    With wars raging across the Middle East and prospects for peace
    dimming, the youth of America have wised up and are starting to stay
    away from military recruiters in droves. Said recruiters have
    retaliated with aggressive—and often criminal—tactics.

    An eye-opening study issued this August by the Government
    Accountability Office reported that "allegations and service-identified
    incidents of recruiter wrongdoing" increased almost 50 percent between
    2004 and 2005. Criminal violations more than doubled over the same
    period of time. Increasingly common tactics used by the nation's 20,000
    military recruiters range from lying about the financial benefits of
    service to threatening high school students with arrest if they back
    out of an enlistment process already underway. Military recruiters have
    also been assisting recruits in the falsification of documents to cover
    up conditions like autism, mental illness and serious drug problems
    that would bar them from service if reported. [See below for more

    Musician Josephine Foster is joining forces with Bastet, the publishing
    imprint of Arthur Magazine, to help give America's kids and parents the
    tools they need to protect them from the depredations of the nation's
    many unscrupulous military recruiters.

    On Tuesday, August 29, Arthur magazine will release _So Much Fire to
    Roast Human Flesh_, an 18-track, multi-artist compilation CD curated by
    Foster featuring exclusive contributions from some of the more
    outspoken members of the nation's burgeoning psychedelic folk scene,
    including Devendra Banhart, Feathers, David Pajo and members of Espers
    and Spires That in the Sunset Rise. Musicians from earlier generations
    of the underground, such as Michael Hurley, Kath Bloom and Angels of
    Light, are also present.

    All profits from sales of _So Much Fire..._ will be distributed to
    specific counter-military recruitment and pacifist
    organizations and programs who effectively advise high school students
    and other Americans at risk of being taken advantage of by the
    military's recruiters and omnipresent big-budget marketing campaigns.

    "All of the musicians represented on _So Much Fire..._ are American
    citizens," said Josephine Foster. "Our voices join with many others
    across this land that freely question and openly oppose war. Hopefully
    we will raise a good sum of money to help fund the educational pacifist
    tasks these organizations do. They are dedicated to creating a positive
    counter to the rising tides of the war being waged. We hope to assist
    them in their efforts promoting peace and non-militarism in the United

    "I am deeply grateful to everyone involved in this gesture; from every
    musician, to Fred Tomaselli for use of his incredible painting as the
    cover art, to Jay Babcock and Laris Kreslins at Arthur Magazine who so
    enthusiastically took up this idea and worked to realize it. In the
    end, all of the labor was donated, including the manufacturing."

    Said Arthur magazine editor Jay Babcock, "We are putting what little
    money we have where our mouth is. We hope that other people of
    conscience will do the same."

    The album's title is taken from a line by the poet Apollinaire, who
    died from wounds he sustained while serving in World War I.

    _So Much Fire..._ is now available for order from and,
    starting August 29, from record stores across North America.

    Track listing:

    THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS - "Dragonfly" (live)
    FEATHERS - "Dust"
    MICHAEL HURLEY - "A Little Bit of Love for You"
    MEG BAIRD - "Western Red Lily (Nunavut Diamond Dream)"
    ANDREW BAR - "Don't Trust That Man"
    GOATGIRL - "President Combed His Hair"
    DEVENDRA BANHART - "I Know Some Souls" (demo)
    KATH BLOOM - "Baby Let It Come Down On Me"
    CHARLIE NOTHING - "Fuck You and Your Stupid Wars"
    DIANE CLUCK - "A Phoenix and Doves"
    JOSEPHINE FOSTER - "Would You Pave the Road?"
    ANGELS OF LIGHT - "Destroyer"
    RACHEL MASON - "The War Clerk's Lament"
    PAJO - "War Is Dead"
    MV & EE - "Powderfinger"
    KATHLEEN BAIRD - "Prayer for Silence"
    LAY ALL OVER IT - "A Place"

    Read the GAO report, "Military Recruiting: DOD and Services Need Better
    Data to Enhance Visibility over Recruiter Irregularities" here:

    High school students, their parents and friends can learn more about
    their rights when confronted by recruiters at


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  • PsychicWarVeteran
    Flesh Bag of Mostly Water
    • Mar 2004
    • 2554

    Thanks for the heads-up, Mike! Looks like twelve bucks well-spent!
    "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
    --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars


    • voilodian ghagnasdiak
      Warrior On The Edge
      • Jun 2006
      • 2591

      Yes it is a very good idea. Perhaps it is a piece to own. It would be greatly appreciated if someone that has purchased this item could give us their opinion on it.