Robber Baron's Bio's
Diana Mangano - Best known as the lead singer for Jefferson Starship for several years, has worked on many high profile recording sessions and projects with producers and artists such as Todd Rundgren, Jerry Harrison, Jack Douglas, Henry Kaiser, Steve Kimock, and Bobby Vega. In addition, she has performed with Pete Seeger, David Crosby, and The Tubes. Now as part of the Great American Robber Barons, her vocals call out to us, while telling the tales in a way that only the Robber Barons can.lnick, Paul Kantner, Country Joe MacDonald, David Frieberg, Linda Imperial, Allison Lovejoy and Beth Custer amongst many others.
Keith Dion - Manager, producer and band leader for the late Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Leader of New Zealand’s highly acclaimed, classic cult band The Ponsonby DC’s as well as San Francisco alternative groups The Ophelias, 3:05 AM and Corsica. Produced releases for Arthur Lee and Love , Noel Redding, 3:05 AM, Martial Law, Ricardo Scales and The Ophelias. He has also recorded and/or performed with members of The Kinks, Thin Lizzy, Santana, The Counting Crows, Weather Report, Herbie Hanckock’s Headhunters, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ricardo Scales and Dave Clarke. Keith will rob you blind with his style and sound.
The Robber Barons:
The Architects of Economic Collapse
The Robber Barons is a pejorative term used to describe the powerful 19th century American businessmen who fleeced the public and cut a wide and destructive path of greed across North American and world society. By the 1890's the term was used to attack any businessman who used questionable practices to become wealthy at the expense of others. It combines the sense of criminal "robber" and illegitimate aristocracy "baron".
By October of 2008 it was Déjà vu all over again, with corporations who were too to fail and too big to jail bringing the world global financial system to the brink, and then reaping the rewards with taxpayer bailouts and mega million dollar bonuses, while record home foreclosures and unemployment rates rocked the nation.
The October 2008 financial meltdown was not the result of a cyclical economic phenomenon, but was premeditated and is the most serious economic crisis in World history. The "bailout" proposed by the US Treasury does not constitute a "solution" to the crisis. In fact quite the opposite: it is the cause of further collapse. It triggers an unprecedented concentration of wealth, which in turn contributes to widening economic and social inequalities both within and between nations.
Ironically, the Wall Street banks --which are the recipients of the bailout money - are also the brokers and underwriters of the public debt, and in a bitter twist, the banks are the recipients of a $700+ billion dollar handout at the same time they act as creditors to the US govt.
Federal, State and municipal governments are increasingly in a straightjacket, under the tight control of the global financial conglomerates, with these creditors calling the shots on government financial reform. This is known as conflict of interest and is outright criminal behavior. This is the story of the modern era Robber Barons.