Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine

Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine

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The Liberty Tree tells the story of United States Founding Father Thomas Paine’s extraordinary life, interweaving Paine’s own words from his letters and the pamphlets that made him one of the most influential and dangerous writers of his age. While the recording includes readings of extracts from newspaper reports, diaries, letters and other documents of the times, also featured are Paine-inspired tracks written and sung by prolific and influential singer-songwriters Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson. It adds a compelling dimension to the story by reflecting Paine’s radical ideas and evaluating them in the context of the 21st century. This unique blend of words and music challenges received opinion in the same way Paine’s writings did.

“A highly subversive pairing of two of the left’s most eloquent songwriters.” –The Daily Telegraph

“…some of the most literate and well-made topical songs now being written” –The New York Times [on Leon Rosselson]

“When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example to the poor to plunder the rich of his property.” –Thomas Paine


Track Listing:

  1. The Morning Star of the Revolution
  2. The Roots of the Liberty Tree
  3. The Idle Talker & Drinker at the White Hart Social Club, Lewes
  4. The Editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine
  5. Rosa's Lovely Daughters
  6. Reflections on Unhappy Marriages
  7. Don't Get Married, Girls
  8. Independency
  9. Common Sense
  10. The Wall that Stands Between
  11. The Times That Try Men's Souls
  12. 3 Minutes' Silence
  13. The Rights of Man- Part 1
  14. Remembrance Day
  15. The Old Construction
  16. We All Said Stop the War
  17. The Rights of Man- Part 2
  18. Monarchy
  19. On Her Silver Jubilee
  20. Riots & Tumults
  21. Picking up the Pieces
  22. Wages & Rights
  23. Oliver Twist
  24. Countries that Are Called Civilised
  25. Palaces of Gold
  26. High Treason
  27. The Defect Lies in the System
  28. Changing the Guard
  29. Execution & War
  30. The Terror
  31. Citizen Paine
  32. The Age of Reason
  33. Stand Up for Judas
  34. Applause & Abuse
  35. The Life of a Libeller
  36. Red & Green/The World Turned Upside Down

Catalog Number: ROOT-CD-0016

UPC: 877746001628

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