John Trudell Archives Re-releases The Critically Acclaimed Aka Grafitti Man

Published March 27, 2017

Portland, Oregon’s Music Millennium Record Store to host Joel Rafael with John Trudell’s Bad Dog for a special in-store performance on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017

PORTLAND, OREGON –  John Trudell Archives announces a re-issue of the critically acclaimed John Trudell release AKA Grafitti Man in a limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day, worldwide on April 22, 2017, in a partnership with Record Store Day and Inside Recordings. The limited edition piece, translucent red, 180-gram vinyl manufactured by the Pallas Group in Germany, includes printed lyric sleeves, and a full digital download of the album along with a bonus video for Rockin’ The Res.

AKA Grafitti Man was originally released in 1986, and then again in 1992, with executive producer Jackson Browne, as a compilation of the earlier collection of recordings. Upon release the album was hailed by Bob Dylan as “the best album of the year . . .”

This limited edition album will be available worldwide at all Record Store Day retail stores on April 22, 2017. Portland, Oregon’s Music Millennium record store will host Joel Rafael with John Trudell’s Bad Dog on Saturday, April 22 at 7 PM for a special in-store performance to celebrate the release.

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What Others Say about John Truell

“The triumph of John Trudell is that he has been able to bring the strength of a brilliant activist into the arena of the arts — tender, intact, but still on fire.” Buffy Sainte-Marie

“More than any man I know, John Trudell’s life is the expression of his beliefs. Most of us muddle through the day with our ideals in tow, but John’s politics, art and way of life perfectly reflect his passion and energy for the Native American cause. He was an inspiration to me in making the documentary film “Incident at Oglala,” about Leonard Peltier’s fight for justice, so much so that I cast him as the charismatic Indian leader in “Thunderheart,” a movie that deals with the government oppression of the contemporary Native American. There wasn’t an untruthful moment in his performance. ‘Sometimes they have to kill us,’ he told me, ‘because they cannot break our spirit.’ John is one of those rare unbreakable spirits.” Michael Apted, Director

“Probably the most charismatic speaker I’ve ever heard.” Bonnie Raitt

John Trudell is a crazy lone wolf, poet, prophet, preacher, warrior full of pain and fun and laughter and love, spilling out a vision of fable and truth, love and war, from the unique and somewhat desperate point of view of the Wild American. He’s a reality check. No paranoid; he’s aware of the Enemy (a formidable Predator with no respect for any form of life). Justice is a fire that burns inside him. His spirit cries out for it. It makes him dangerous.” Kris Kristofferson

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