Adbusters Staff Picks - September/October 2008

Each issue we highlight some of our favorite tunes, flicks, and books.

Here are our picks from Adbusters Issue 79 (East and West).

Stuff and Starved: Markets, Power and the hidden Battle for the World’s Food System by Raj Patel

Raj Patel lays bare the inadequacies and inequalities of the global food system, calling obesity and starvation two sides of the same coin. Linking the world in way that is personal and maybe a little scary, it’s a good book for anyone who wants to take the plunge to understand what goes into our bodies and why.


Tinariwen - Aman Iman

Tinariwen - Aman Iman

The band was born 25 years ago of the exiled Saharan Touareg tribe. Tinariwen is just starting to gain recognition in the West for their rich talent in the Tishourmaren, or “music of the unemployed,” style. Sung in French and Tamashek, the songs encompass their history with a sound best described as modern desert blues.


The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

The Black Angels latest album feels like a trip through heaven and hell. Psychedelic rock for modern times, the Black Angel’s musical “quest for pure sanity” challenges the listener to alter his mental state, thereby altering his outlook on life.


The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

This 1966 film was recognized for its intense and realistic depiction of events from the Algerian War of Independence. It strives to maintain a neutral voice on the atrocities of war from all sides, which caused it to be banned from France for five years. It gained new currency when the Pentagon screened it in 2003 to open up discussion on how to deal with the Iraqi invasion.


The Singing Revolution

The Singing Revolution

Estonia, like all Soviet satellite states, couldn’t bear the occupation forever. But instead of armed conflict, this Baltic country fought back with song. The Singing Revolution follows the small but determined population, starting in 1987, as it found strength in gathering to sing forbidden nationalistic songs to rally for independence.