Stephan sings "What Is America" at the first Occupy Wall St. Rally, Veterans Day Rally at Foley Sq., New York City, 11.11.11 Joan Baez appeared just before Stephan, veteran John Penley and others.
From Stephan’s upcoming album “difrent,” this is a video made during the actual live recording of the song for the album, directed by Matt Kohn. The song, written and sung by Stephan in French, means “sing a little bit” but also suggests “sing a little revolution.” The song and video were taped live at Jon Kilgore Sound Studio in the Film Center, New York, NY, and produced by Grammy Winning Producer Hal Willner
This is the Official video for The Bell, by Stephan Said, aka Stephan Smith, directed by Kurt St. Thomas. The song features folk legend Pete Seeger, Dean Ween of Ween on lead guitar, and Mary Harris (Spearhead/Kelis). The video includes footage of Stephan singing the song before approximately 200,000 people at the first major antiwar demonstration, at the Washington Monument, in Washington, DC, on April 2002, as well as rare Super 8 footage of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center Bombing, and antiwar protests worldwide. The Bell mp3 and video were released on Sept. 11, 2002, and broke into the mainstream press as the “first major song opposing the Iraq War” (NY Times) and called “the antiwar anthem for our generation.” The song and video broke ground as the first major online music video for social change, going viral worldwide through student groups and international peace and human rights organizations, just before You Tube started.
Video directed by Robert Christensen. Migrant farm working and hobo-era young Stephan Said, aka Smith, is recorded live at his then temporary lodgings at the 7th St. squat on the Lower East Side of NYC in 1997, shortly before his first protest “hit,” “The Ballad of Abner Louima” with Patti Smith made the airwaves. Stephan’s using his invention, “the slaide” (pronounced ‘sly-eed’) which is a picking-hand slide that generates the wave modulation heard on the guitar, acoustically.
This video of Stephan’s first protest hit, the original recording of which featured Patti Smith and Oliver Ray accompanying him, was produced by Danny Schechter and Globalvision in conjunction with The Center For Constitutional Rights as a public awareness initiative. It features a rare shot of Stephan peering out from the back of a paddy wagon following his arrest for non-violent civil disobedience, footage of Louima in the hospital and other police brutality incidents, Stephan singing at the Club Rendezvous in Flatbush NY where the incident took place, and before the largest Haitian congregation in New York City.