Tom Morello is a Harvard educated political activist and was named as one of the greatest guitar players of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. He now joins BIGSOUND for a very special keynote presentation, 'Whatever it Takes’.
An original member of iconic rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, multiple Grammy Awards, a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide, four incredible solo albums as The Nightwatchman, and founding member of the genre obliterating Atlas Underground project is a consistent creator. Morello has a genre bending list of artists he has produced or collaborated with, including Wu Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Tool, John Fogerty, Anti-Flag, Public Enemy, Joe Strummer, Crystal Method, Calle 13, Dave Matthews Band, Johnny Cash, Killer Mike, Travis Barker, and Pete Seeger. In addition, he joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for six years on tour and is featured lead guitarist on Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and High Hopes albums. In 2016, Morello joined forces with fellow Rage Against The Machine bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, as well as Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord to form the band Prophets of Rage.
Then early in 2020, Rage Against The Machine announced its long awaited reformation and an extensive world tour… but mother nature had other plans. So as much of the world seems to be fracturing, tune into Morello's voice in his keynote presentation ‘Whatever It Takes’ to discuss his life as a musician and activist.
“Join me at BIGSOUND to talk music, activism, and how the guitar can be a divining rod for truth and justice. The world is at a dangerous crossroads and it’s time to feed the poor, fight the power, and rock the fuck out.” - Tom Morello