AKA Grafitti Man

AKA Grafitti Man

by John Trudell


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Poet John Trudell's first major release incorporates rock & roll, blues, and traditional Native American music to create a compelling backdrop for his views on society, love, loss, and life in this country as a Native American. The opening track, "Rockin' the Res," kicks off the record with an Indian chant, before a barrage of drums, bass, and guitar set the stage for Trudell, and the tone for the rest of the album. Although this is spoken word, musically these pieces are songs and not meandering ideas. Trudell's lyrics, voice, and timing also fit well with the music and never seem forced. The title cut, with its scenes of the streets, materialism, and corporate America; "Bombs Over Baghdad," his condemnation of the Gulf War; and "Baby Boom Che," which concisely sums up an entire generation with Elvis as their leader, are among the many highlights. This is an evocative piece of work that rocks. Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, and Steven Soles (Alpha Band) guest on vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/1992
Label: Rykodisc
UPC: 0014431022340
catalogNumber: 223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Trudell   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Renee Geyer   Vocals
Doug Legacy   Organ
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Jennifer Acosta   Synthesizer
Sherry Blakey   Vocals
Billy Block   Percussion,Piano
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Carol Eckstein   Vocals
Rick Eckstein   Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar
Adrian Garcia   Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Wally Ingram   Percussion
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
Bill Payne   Piano
Quiltman   Drums,Vocals
Gary Ray   Drums
Mark Shark   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Thurston   Hammond Organ
Mike Utley   Organ
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Luke Logan   Harmonica
Juke Logan   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer,Executive Producer
Jesse Ed Davis   Producer
John Trudell   Producer
Terry Becker   Producer,Engineer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Rick Eckstein   Producer,Engineer
James Geddes   Engineer
Mark Shark   Producer
David Tickle   Producer,Engineer
Larry Vigon   Art Direction
Paul Maxon   Art Direction

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