STATEMENT SENT TO R.O.C. BY DAVE MARSH IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR OCTOBER 30 ACTION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
For me, today represents the fulfillment of a dream. It's the day that everybody in the anti-censorship movement has longed for: The day when rock fans begin to take OUR music back. Begin to serve notice to our phony friends in the music industry that rock & roll isn't their's to ruin. Begin to let our enemies at the PMRC, in the cops and the government in on a simple fact: This music, like this nation, belongs to everyone who shares the hopes and prayers expressed so beautifully in our music. Especially the hope for a brighter future and the demand for a kick-ass right now. And the prayer that this country-this planet-should belong to each and every person in it, whether a hopeless square like Tipper Gore, an uptight church lady like Susan Baker, a jiveass punk like the ones who run the record business or everyday rockers like you and me who learned more from our banished records that we ever learned in school. And it's also the beginning of a promise we're making to each other: We're gonna kick out the jams 'til those dreams come true, those prayers are answered and those powerful people give it up and let us take our fair share.
To the RIAA and the PMRC, you're saying today, "we know the name of the game," we know you're on the same side and we know how to play this game TO WIN."
Wish I could be there with you, but my part in the struggle keeps me in New York this week. Keep on fighting for freedom. You're the real American heroes.