Iconic Collaboration by Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons
Collaboration is the essence of great music. The best of it unites, inspires, is thought provoking and timeless – and perhaps makes us move just a little bit. Very few collaborative efforts that we’ve come across have hit on so many of those factors, as does this amazing impromptu performance in which Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons craft a delightful mashup of songs by two icons of music history – Bruce Springsteen and Woody Guthrie. Bruce’s The Ghost of Tom Jode has become a classic since it was released in 1995 on the highly acclaimed album of the same name.
Inspired by John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad” by Woody Guthrie, the song speaks to The Boss’ identification with 1930s-style social activism and desire to give a voice to the disenfranchised. The mashup also touches on Guthrie’s “Do Re Mi” which deals with the experiences and reception of Dust Bowl migrants when they arrived in California. Enjoy this raw performance recorded by the ONE organization in their new campaign to capture the spirit of the protest song.
Elvis Costello / Mumford & Sons
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Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)
- John Steinbeck
- Woody Guthrie
- Mumford & Sons
- Bruce Springsteen
- Elvis Costello
- Grapes of Wrath
- Tom Joad
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