Ben Norton is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker, and founder/editor of the independent news site MULTIPOLARISTA where he does original reporting in both english and spanish, with many articles and videos up at The Grayzone News and also on Rokfin . He also co-hosted the Moderate Rebels podcast with journalist Max Blumenthal His work has been published in dozens of media outlets, and he has done interviews on Sky News, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, El Financiero Bloomberg, Al Mayadeen, teleSUR, RT, TRT World, CGTN, Press TV, HispanTV, Sin Censura, and various TV channels in Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Less ppl might know this but Ben has played in bands (hardcore, punk, metal, etc) for decades and is a seasoned guitarist and musician. He has a project called Peculate with a recent album, ‘Your Own Person Abyss’, a hybrid of metal, jazz, avant classical, noise, screaming.
Ben is a proud metalhead haha, and we talk about it in its different variations. He also loves jazz. Jim and Ben talk about third stream, fusion, records like Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Naked City’s Torture Garden. Also get into propaganda in media, the military influence on Hollywood film and tv, social media and the metaverse (and how controlled it is), trying to make a living as a musician in NYC, and annoying popularity of K-Pop in Latin America. Ben lives in Nicaragua this was recorded Oct 29th, 2021.
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TO HEAR BEN NORTON’S EXCLUSIVE METAL/JAZZ/AVANT-CLASSICAL/NOISE MIX, CHECK OUT EPISODE 40 OF STARK REALITY