Tribute to Venus Carmichael

Venus’s Life Story: The Chicano Moratorium

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Funny how some stuff comes around again: with Trump’s rhetoric about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and making the Mexicans pay for it ringing in our ears, here’s the next instalment of Venus’s autobiography, as she tells of an encounter with a lesser known part of the anti-Vietnam movement: the Chicano Moratorium; and how a later classic image from the War inspired her song, ‘Girl in the Picture.’

To read an up to date Guardian article on how the real life girl in the picture is gradually overcoming the scars of that fateful day, follow this.

‘The Chicano Moratorium

The guy looked like a fish out of water. Literally. He was drenched from head to foot. He’d walked up into the Canyons from West Hollywood in the rain.

“You gotta come to this, really,” he said. Water dripped off his Zapata moustache onto the rug. “This is gonna be huge. The biggest anti-Vietnam march in L.A., period. Entiendes?”‘

To read more of Venus’s story, go here

 

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Author: andrewcferguson

I'm a writer, performer and musician living in Glenrothes, Fife in the lowlands of Scotland. My novel, Thw Wrong Box, is due out shortly from Thunderpoint Publishing. My solo album, Songs in a Scottish accent, is also likely to be completed later this year. The two bands I play in, Tribute to Venus Carmichael and Isaac Brutal and the Brutalists, also have albums in the works.

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