Feast Your Ears
Feast Your Ears:
Cam Mitchell's Legacy with Fido
by Malibu Keenan
Cam Mitchell was the greatest of the Phoenix Zombi-girls, an all-female group of artists, musicians and thinkers that rose from the chaos of the Apocalypse. In the aftermath, when Zombie and Human alike had returned to their respective corners, Mitchell pushed for not only a truce, but harmonious integration.
"The only hope for either species," she said in a speech in Washington D.C., "is to take a step beyond acceptance, into inclination."
Raised in the ghetto of Sector Z-B14, the Zombie Nation's second settlement, the orphanage she called home, could afford neither musical instruments, nor music lessons. Determined to be heard, she crossed the border daily to learn guitar from a human street musician. A man she remembers as Jack.
For a decade, she juggled a prolific music career with activism, proclaiming Zombieness a natural state, shedding the stereotype of a merely "repurposed" race. At the same time, she refused to consume her rations of FreshDead, sending a message to her fellow zombies that they should do the same. In a cover article for the New Stone, she proclaimed that not only were Zee's equal to humans, "but in some ways we're superior, having experienced the wisdom of death."
February 22nd, the release of Mitchell's long-awaited album, Deadbeat, will be a testament to how well Fido records remembers. The label has already pledged a percentage of the proceeds to the American Zombie Association, located on the coast of Arizona, Mitchell's home state.
Prior to the carnage that stains her legacy, it was not uncommon for Mitchell to incite both sides and she became known as the face that ignited a thousand riots. A very human-centric music industry waited for her to self-destruct. But rising album sales and sold-out tours left record labels and promoters in a difficult position: censor her or get on board. They chose to get on board, creating "LivingDead," a massive concert tour combining human/zombie acts for the first time. LivingDead was groundbreaking in its courageous attempt to bridge the divide between the species, once and for all. They centered the tour around Cam Mitchell and her band.
But after bearing witness to the most abhorrent incident in rock music history, Mitchell lost her will and her memory of the incident.
"Most of what I know comes from the hypnotherapy recordings," she said years later.
The culmination of Human/Zombie tensions at the Forum, and the carnage that ensued, was enough to force Mitchell into silence forevermore.
The "Feast at the Forum" concert, as it's come to be known, has made the natural progression from annual remembrance, to a decadal remembrance, and forgotten all days in
between and apparently altogether by Fido Records. Neither the album nor the accompanying press release will mention the massacre. In this journalist's opinion, that is a crime.[RT1]
[RT1]Ha. This was really good. If you don't see many edits it's because I was hypnotized by the story. Good work here. Very interesting. And different. Kudos. I haven't read World War Z but I hear it's very journalistic.