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A selection of this week's politically-relevant entertainment news...

Why *did* it cost Angelina Jolie $3000 to test for BRCA1 in the first place? Because the gene is owned by a private company http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53688

18-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Facing Terrorism Charges After Posting Lyrics On Facebook http://bit.ly/10kJ31e

Dark Mofo Festival's Mass Skinny Dip Deemed Obscene By Police http://bit.ly/18aEmfu

A selection of this week's politically-relevant entertainment news...

US singer Steve Earle says coal seam gas is not 'natural gas'. http://bit.ly/10X3RdX

Rekindle The Spirit - Ken Loach’s newest film documents the greatest cultural shift in British working class... http://tmblr.co/Z0MsOtk4xVyx

Rapper Seth Sentry Saves Paralympian Fan From Angry Mob http://bit.ly/18JUWUE

Community Radio "May Be Forced To Shut Down” After Being Ignored In Federal Budget http://bit.ly/18JS7TA

A selection of this week's politically-relevant entertainment news...

Snoop Lion Defaces Defenceless Barack Obama With New Snoopify App http://bit.ly/12ff9gy

Unmanned Drones To Deliver Delicious Beverage Relief To Punters At Music Festival http://bit.ly/12fcLGz

As I Lay Dying Singer Arrested Under Suspicion Of Hiring Hitman To Kill Wife http://bit.ly/10ocsaz

Rapper Lauryn Hill Sentenced To 3 Months Jail For Unpaid Taxes http://bit.ly/13eJQEY

Singer Charli XCX Says Sexism Makes Collaborations Tough http://bit.ly/18qGIrC

A selection of this week's politically-relevant celebrity news...

Rebel Diaz Arts Collective finds new home http://bit.ly/11ztAet

Cuban video game recreates revolutionary history http://gu.com/p/3enpq/tw

Pussy Riot member denied early release from prison: http://gu.com/p/3fedq/tf

Hear the new Neon Neon concept album about Italian publisher and leftwing activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. http://gu.com/p/3fak2/tw

Rapper Danny Brown Gets Oral Sex On Stage, Continues Rapping http://bit.ly/ZUUbEF

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Talib Kweli: Rapper says of Boston bombing, 'violence begets violence'. http://bit.ly/11fowMJ

Lauryn Hill To Record New Music To Pay Tax Bill? http://bit.ly/15Ip82z

Yoko Ono To Unveil Not-For-Profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus http://bit.ly/ZD71Hz

Flavor Flav Court Hearing Postponed For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction http://bit.ly/15zP5lh

Rolf Harris Named As Man Arrested In British Sex Abuse Case http://bit.ly/ZvYl5M

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Fall Out Boy To Donate Ticket Sales To Boston Bombing Victims http://bit.ly/13cfSQj

Angela Betzien talks about her play on how communities are hit by mining http://bit.ly/ZoW4cp

Musicians Send Their Love To Boston In Wake Of Marathon Bombing http://bit.ly/Yr22Gv

BBC Refuses To Play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' In Countdown http://bit.ly/115BCdN

Justin Bieber Hopes Anne Frank Would Have Been A "Belieber" http://bit.ly/10VUoFu

The “Big Four” record companies, already responsible for more than 80% of album sales on the planet, may be on the verge of becoming the “Big Three”.

On May 6, Warner Music Group was sold to Ukrainian-American tycoon Leonard Blavatnik.

Warner is the world's third largest record company. Blavatnik ― the world's 80th richest man ― is also rumored to have his sights set on number four EMI.

If that sale comes to pass, it will create the largest music label in history.

What’s on your iPod? Personally I have an eclectic mix — from hippyesque acoustic folk through to American “gangsta” rap and random electronic post-modern wankery you'll only hear on Triple J.

Musically, we all enjoy different stuff. Most readers of Green Left Weekly would have broadly similar political beliefs, so why the difference? Why don’t people who converge politically also enjoy similar cultural tastes?

Sound Strike is an organisation of musicians across the United States who oppose the extremely racist SB 1070 law in Arizona that targets migrants. Sound Strike artists have pledged to support the international boycott of Arizona until the law’s repeal.

The organisation is planning to release “Sound Strike Songs”, a series of exclusive collections of songs that will be sold at www.thesoundstrike.net.

September 18 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of US musician Jimi Hendrix, widely regarded as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.

Hendrix’s identification with progressive politics embodied the ferment of the late 1960s, with songs like “If Six Was Nine” (“I’m gonna wave my freak flag high”), “I Don’t Live Today” (about the plight of Native Americans) and the visceral anti-war tone poem “Machine Gun”.

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