Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell returns with all-new episodes this Thursday, October 11, in its new 11:30pm – 12:00am ET/PT time slot. This week, Kamau welcomes legendary guitarist and outspoken activist Tom Morello as his guest.
Tom Morello is an original member of the rock bands Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, two artists responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. Morello has also been recognized byRolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).”
Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. In 2011, he was named The Nation Magazine’s “Musician of the Year,” received the 2011 Worker’s Voice Award, a 2011 Reed Award, and an MTV “O” Award for “Best Occupy Wall Street Performance.” His 2011 album World Wide Rebel Songs was released on the heels of his benefit EP Union Town, which saw all profits benefitting The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org and consists of 8 pro-union songs.
Extremely active in the Occupy Movement, Morello performed at Occupy Wall Street and also made appearances at Occupy sites in London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco, distributing free tickets to his performances. He is also featured on Wrecking Ball, the 2012 studio album from Bruce Springsteen. Tom Morello, along with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Serj Tankian of System of A Down and Occupy Wall Street recently released the new song “We Are The 99%” in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The song is available for free download atFacebook.com/TomMorello. Tom Morello is also the creator of the critically acclaimed 12-part comic book series,Orchid, published by Dark Horse Comics.