Milwaukee Record is proud to present “Public Domain.” The video series features Milwaukee musicians setting up at Colectivo’s new Back Room performance space at its Prospect Avenue cafe to adapt some of the world’s best-known songs in ways they’ve never been heard before.
This installment features Riverwest sextuplet Ruth B8r Ginsburg, performing their adaptation of “Which Side Are You On?” The song was written during the heart of a miners’ strike in 1931 by Florence Reece, the wife of a union organizer. In the 85 years since it was written, the labor hymn has been used in various other justice movements and has been covered by countless other musicians, including Pete Seeger. Ruth B8r Ginsburg chose “Which Side Are You On?” because of the song’s parallels with things they feel are happening in America today. They selected some of their favorite verses and wrote some of their own parts as well, including a tribute to Johanna Rose’s union activist father and a line calling out a certain Wisconsin politician.
The video was shot, recorded, and edited by Cheston Van Huss of Effigy Media (with additional camera support by Emry Brisky and Willie Fields). Travis Whitty produced the opening sequence. Public Domain is sponsored by Colectivo Coffee Roasters. Click here to view previous installments.