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VIC SADOT

Berkeley, CA

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Vic Sadot is a folk singer in the tradition of Broadside, the National Topical Song Magazine, and songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan.

He has played original rock and blues in the Crazy Planet band since 1979. Crazy Planet released a 45 rpm called Good Time Delaware/Born To Win in 1985, and a 12 song LP called Ride the Wind in 1988. Vic’s father was a Free French fighter in the army air corps, Pyrenees mountain Resistance camps and for 5 years at sea during WWII. This French heritage led Vic to an interest in Louisiana French songs. In 1992 he formed the Planete Folle band to do Cajun/Zydeco songs. Planete Folle released a 16 song CD called Comin’ Home in 1997.

In 2005 Vic released a 19 song “Best of 25 years of Vic Sadot Songs” called Broadsides & Retrospectives. All of these can be heard at: www.last.fm/music/vic+sadot

Vic began to learn guitar and write songs after graduating from the University of Delaware in Political Science and moving to Washington, DC to do social work in DC schools. He got the attention of WGTB, the University of Georgetown radio station, and Bob Maslow, director of a syndicated 5 minute radio show called In the Public Interest. Songs about the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal were broadcast locally on WGTB and nationally on In The Public Interest.

Vic's best known song is Broadside Balladeer, his tribute to anti-Vietnam war era singer, Phil Ochs, who Vic interviewed in May of 1973. It was included on the 2005 Acoustic Rainbow Sampler sent to over 1,400 DJ’s worldwide, and many of them requested the 19 song CD, Broadsides & Retrospectives. Radio Teutoburger Wald, the Old Stringhouse Music Show in Herford, Germany, wrote, "It is a masterpiece of music!”

The lead song on Broadsides & Retrospectives, Mad Cowboy Disease, is a cartoon song that skewers the Bush-Cheney neo con war policies with serious humor. Are You A Citizen or Are You a Slave is a anthem to struggle done in a strident Cajun waltz style. Broadsides & Retrospectives is available at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot2

Vic is now recording a solo CD of "topical songs for our post-9/11 times", some of which are already posted as free mp3s at:
www.myspace.com/vicsadotscrazyplanetband

The Nightmare of New Orleans is about the “criminal negligence” of letting the “levees sink in disrepair” and then giving an evacuation order "without providing the means" when "hard winds and high waters" from Hurricane Katrina hit the Big Easy.

Six term Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia discovered Vic’s new songs on a demo CD and had this to say: “Vic Sadot's music produces in me a wide range of reactions from awe to action to tears. Cheney's in the Bunker produces awe because every line of that song is power-packed with information that most people don't know because it was omitted from the 9/11 Commission's report…The Kidnapping Coup, about the U.S. inspired kidnapping of Haiti's President, Jean Bertrand Aristide, brings me to tears… Not only have I found in Vic a new friend who understands my passion for what is right, I've found someone who knows how to artistically communicate the critical issues of our day.”

Wilmington News Journal writer Gary Soulsman once referred to Vic as “the Pete Seeger of Delaware”. Indeed, environmental preservation themes and tributes to local places are celebrated in such titles as White Clay Creek, Our Only Chesapeake, and The Brandywine and The Christina. A perennial children's favorite that has been in Vic’s repertoire for more than 25 years is called The Frog Jog.

Vic interviewed William Rodriguez, the janitor of 20 years in the north tower of the World Trade Center who bacame a rescue hero on 9/11/01. Rodriguez was the guest of honor at the G W Bush White House and he testified before the 9/11 Commission. When his testimony about explosions in the WTC was omitted along with that of Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and others, he became a 9/11 Truth activist. Rodriguez placed Vic's song on his official web site at the bottom of the opening page: www.william911.com
The song was released in 2008 as part of a German 9/11 compilation CD with 17 songs and sound clips called "9/11 Wake Up!"

Vic's friend, Dean Banks, produced 7 videos of his songs to post on YouTube. The most popular one has been The Ballad of Pat Tillman about the football star turned Army Ranger turned anti-war soldier who was killed by so-called "friendly fire" while the coroners report revealed that he was shot with 3 bullets to the forehead from 10 yards range.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFB6r5SVpP4&feature;=PlayList&p;=0E227C11E676D792&index;=8
Documentation:
Was Tillman Murdered? AP Gets New Documents - Published: July 26, 2007 11:30 PM ET
Editor & Publisher: America’s Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003617692

Vic is currently recording another round of "Broadside Ballads" for a new CD, and he performed in the final round of
competition in the annual People's Choice Concert at Philly Folk Factory Coffee House in Philadelphia on June 13, 2008: www.folkfactory.org

Vic anti-war Neo Con cartoon song, Mad Cowboy Disease, has shot up the charts to #265 out of 2,600 anti-war songs on Neil Young's "Living With War Today" web site:
http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html

His songs are in rotation at the new San Francisco based internet station called No Lies Radio:
http://www.noliesradio.org

Many of Vic's songs can be purchased at CD Baby.com or at Snocap.com on Vic Sadot's Crazy Planet Band myspace.

Vic’s latest postings are at thehighway61.com and 41 original songs are available at Ezfolk.com:
http://www.ezfolk.com/audio/vicsadot
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