When the World's on Fire

Cambridge, MA, May 12 - June 12, 2017

Collaboration with Lee Walton

Curator: Dina Dietch | A project for the Cambridge Arts Council, Common Exchange exhibition

Every day for thirty days, from noon to 2pm, two American Revolutionary War band members wander the historic Cambridge Common and surrounding city streets playing contemporary protest songs.

The title, "When the World's on Fire" refers to Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land’ which he wrote in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Guthrie's socialist anthem was set to the tune of an apocalyptic gospel song called "When the World's on Fire" recorded in 1930 by the Carter family. The Carter family themselves based their song on a Baptist Gospel Hymn, "Oh, my Loving Brother". 

Songs in order of appearance on video:
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 
They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson
Remaining set list:
War - Edwin Starr
Fight the Power, Public Enemy
American Idiot, Green Day
Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine

Fife - Eva Redamonti
Drums - James Knoerl
Artists - Jon Rubin and Lee Walton
Video - OLP Creative


(Cambridge Common research images below)