Mon, 22 December 2008
Will You Be Saved From The "Shopocalypse" This Christmas Season? Pacifica Radio offered its listners a bit of "salvation" in the form of a recorded live performance by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. The performance took place in New York City on November 4th, 2007 at the Highline Ballroom. Reverend Billy and his choir proselytized against consumerism, which they claim stifles the uniqueness of our lives, and told their audience that they believe that, "if we 'back away from the product' - even a little bit, then we Put The Odd Back In God!" A sermon by Reverend Billy anchors the performance with a critique of "born again" fundamentalist religion, which he claims inevitably leads to violence. He gives homage to our "first births" and encourages his audience to re-connect with their innate questioning nature.
This program was produced for Pacifica Radio (www.pacifica.org) by Jon Almeleh and Ursula Ruedenberg. Mixing and editing was done by Jon Almeleh and Bill Wells. Doug George provided technical assistance.
For information about Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping,
go to www.revbilly.com. For information about What Would Jesus Buy the movie, go to wwjbmovie.com