The Earth Wants YOU
Essay for Buzzfeed/Truthout
-Buzzflash at Truthout
"Children and Honeybees Oppose the Merger of Two Toxic Giants" by Reverend Billy Talen
Oct 5, 2016
TUC Radio Podcast
-TCU Radio Podcast
"On April 26, 2016, New York based Reverend Billy came as far west as he could possibly go and gave a performance slash reading at the Gallery Bookshop in the village of Mendocino. He introduced his new book: The Earth Wants YOU! as both, a celebration of life and an indictment of the forces of destruction."
Jul 6, 2016
"Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth Award"
"Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is an iconic New York ensemble and a radical performance community with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands[...]Recipients of the Booth Award are nominated and elected exclusively by students in the program. Named after the nineteenth-century tragedian Edwin Booth, renowned for his intellectual curiosity, the award promotes integration of the professional and academic theatre communities."
Apr 27, 2016
Interview with Kris Welch begins around 47 min. 50 sec.
Apr 19, 2016
New York's Radical Reverend and His Choir Director Talk About Their Activist Heroes, Crafting Their Unique Sound and the Desperate Need For Revolution.
Apr 19, 2016
"Huffington Post Interview"
David Henry Sterry discusses Disney's Fundamentalistic Apocalyptic Christianity, the Church of Stop Shopping, and How to Save Mother Earth with Reverend Billy
Apr 16, 2016
"Interview in The Point Reyes Light"
-The Point Reyes Light
"The central preoccupation of the book is how do we manifest a social movement, and how do we start a revolution in 2016? The challenges are great. The corporate messaging is so virulent right now, the white noise pouring out of every aperture. The environmental movement is so weak on the world stage, but the earth is the stage."
Apr 14, 2016
"Profile in the Santa Cruz Sentinel"
-Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wallace Baine calls the book "a grab-the-lapels call to action to wake up the sleeping giant of the American citizen."
Apr 13, 2016
"Interview on The Lumberjack"
"Known for his over-the-top antics and Elvis-like preaching, Reverend Billy has exorcised his way through the nation, spreading an anti-consumerist message and bringing awareness of the sins of environmental pollution and privatization. He speaks with wit and confidence in a phone interview with the Lumberjack."
Apr 13, 2016
Fabulous Bad Weather (Official Video)—Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Choir
Apr 7, 2016
"Reverend Billy vows to levitate the de Young, a museum on the rise."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"If you think nothing exciting ever happens around here, at high noon April 20, the Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping will levitate the de Young Museum. This, he says, is to express his disapproval of the use of Roundup to control shrubbery around the museum. The concerns of the reverend, former San Franciscan and current Brooklynite Billy Talen, are both chemical and societal . . . and seem to have something to do with touting his book and CD, The Earth Wants You. He'll be at City Lights that night."—Leah Garchik
Apr 4, 2016
"Earth father: Rev Billy sings green gospel."
"He's not saving souls—he's saving the planet! An anti-consumerist preacher and his choir of activist performance artists will hold an early Earth Day concert and book launch in Bushwick, in order to spread the word about bad shopping habits that are destroying the environment. The group’s charismatic frontman says that a light-hearted song-and-dance is the best way to hammer home a life-and-death message."—Allegra Hobbs
Mar 30, 2016
Dada: 100 Years Later
-The Wall Street Journal
"By mid-1916, unable to afford the rent, the Dadaists were forced to move to other venues. Cabaret Voltaire was turned into a bingo parlor in the 1920s and a series of pubs in the 1980s, enjoying a strange half-life among Dadaism's admirers as a shrine. Its fate looked grim by the 1990s, when the structure was abandoned, then bought by an insurance company to convert into luxury apartments. Swiss artists were outraged, and in 2002, squatters occupied the site and staged vaguely Dadaist events, such as throwing 2,000 francs from a window to attract supporters. The Swatch company offered to fund its operation as a cultural center if the city council would pay the rent—315,000 francs a year—allowing Cabaret Voltaire to reopen in 2004 and become a fixture on the lively Zurich art scene. Recent visitors include Marilyn Manson and the satirical performance artists Reverend Billy and the Yes Men, who were inspired to dress up as human mops and 'lean' a local bank by rubbing themselves on the walls and floor. 'They were a bit disappointed nobody called the Zurich police,' says Notz."—Tony Perrottet
Jan 19, 2016
"Photos from Joe's Pub events"
A link to John Quilty's outstanding photos of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir during their late 2015 gigs at Joe's Pub.
Nov 27, 2015
"Profile in The Guardian UK"
-The Guardian UK
Reverend Billy Talen and his group are returning to New York City this Black Friday to deliver a simple message to Americans: resist consumerism. Profile by Jana Kasperkevic.
Nov 27, 2015
"Video: Blessed Are You"
Reverend Billy takes a somber look at our lives in this time of terrorism and shopping.
Nov 18, 2015
"Profile in The Villager"
"The charismatic scourge of consumerism has an idea he wants to sell you on. . . ." Scott Stiffler profiles Reverend Billy
Nov 11, 2015
Profile in The Business Insider
-The Business Insider
"The craziest thing about this legendary singing, anti-corporate preacher is that he isn't real." Profile by Harrison Jacobs.
Feb 4, 2015
"Video: Climate Changes"
The Earth Wants YOU. Reverend Billy takes to the sea to spread the message.
Oct 26, 2013