Attack the System: Interview with Paul Topete

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Paul Topete

Keith Preston interviews Paul Topete of the protest rock band Poker Face. Topics include:

  • The band’s political and spiritual message of freedom;
  • Poker Face’s role in promoting freedom festivals throughout the United States;
  • The uniquely libertarian aspect of American culture;
  • How Poker Face’s staunch anti-system stance motivated the recording industry to shun them;
  • Poker Face’s efforts at getting their message across through grassroots support and online distribution of their music;
  • How Poker Face has come under attack from the Anti-Defamation League and the One People’s Project;
  • Paul’s long time involvement in the patriot movement and his efforts at creating an alternative political party, the Party of Anti-Zionists;
  • His collaborations with Grand Funk Railroad legend Mark Farner and Toby Wright, veteran rock producer of such acts as Alice in Chains, Bob Marley, and Ozzy Osbourne;
  • The message of the lyrics to their songs “It’s Not What You Say” and “Losing My Mind”.

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  1. I’ll have to listen to this. I have to admit I never really got into Poker Face’s music (although certainly better than Three Doors Down any day), but I was always a big believer in Grand Funk Railroad. Certainly cool what Mark Farner is supporting these days…

  2. I would agree with that. Most rock critics regard Grand Funk as the bottom of the barrell of 70’s hard rock bands, but they’re listening to them in the wrong way. They were never in the same league as Sabbath or Deep Purple, but they have a more consistent catalogue than that of, say, Bad Company or Humble Pie.

  3. Yeah, I just kinda like that GFR we’re considered more minor-league, but they had better songs than something like Deep Purple, although Black Sabbath were a whole different kettle-of-fish that would only be popular once the Flower-Children era got sour. I even liked their Craig Frost-era hits — the versions of “Loco-Motion” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” were great fun to a child growing-up in the 70s like me…

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