Billy Yeager Musician Filmmaker Activist Humanitarian 2019

 

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In New Yorker Magazine’s “The Case Against the Media, by the Media,” one of the questions given to 113 journalists was: “What is the worst sin you have committed as a journalist?”space 3

Here is one of the shocking answers:

“If you really have an ill feeling about a person, you can find information — legitimate, factual information — to turn that person into anything you want. It’s the selectivity of the information. The selectivity of the evidence. And you can get any kind of story, you can ruin anybody’s career. People believe the first time they read something, and it makes an impression on them, and you can’t alter it, no matter how much pleading you do to get it right, you’re lost.” – Anonymous journalist

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Once upon a time,

an artist named Billy Yeager fell on hard times. Living out of his car, he put his possessions in a storage facility. When he was unable to make the monthly payments, all his possessions were auctioned off, including master tapes of his songs, films, CDs, cassette tapes and record albums.

One of those records was a test pressing of an album called 301 Jackson St, produced in 1989–there were only 4 test pressings ever made.

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(301 Jackson St. also happens to be the address where Billy Yeager lived for over 13 years in Hollywood, Florida.)

28 years later, the record album was discovered and listed for sale on the website discogs.com.

On January 23rd, 2017, 301 Jackson St. sold on Discogs for the record-breaking price of $18,000.

The news of this record-breaking album was a shock to vinyl record collectors all over the world.

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But 8 weeks later, on March 23rd, Discogs cancelled the transaction and sent out an updated press release to all the prominent music news websites.

Soon after receiving the Discogs press release, NPR and Spin published their biased and defamatory stories.

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Media outlets from all over the world picked up the story from NPR and Spin and, without fact checking, they republished the false statements and malicious accusations written by Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush.

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2000 years ago, Pontius Pilate asked Jesus,“What is Truth?”

Jesus never answered.

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In 2018 Time Magazine asked:

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The Media Lies and that is a Fact.

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Who is Billy Yeager?

Yeager is a voice in the wilderness, an artistic archetype of John the Baptist, calling out corruption, greed, hypocrisy, and injustices in the world, and lambasting the unethical corporations, the manipulative, sensational, biased media, the hedonistic pop culture, and the degenerate entertainment industry.

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Credit: The Film That Changed The World / Jesus of Malibu

Yeager has been discovered numerous times by people such as by Columbia Records Executive Chuck Gregory in 1983, Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby in 1991, Kiss band manager Doc McGhee in 2001, and Rod Stewart in 2005, yet he still remains unknown.

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Regarded by artists such as Prince and Jaco Pastorius to be a guitar god, he is also considered by many to be one of the greatest artists of our time.

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Back in 2005, Yeager was performing at high society events in Palm Beach, Florida, for people such as the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and Presidents, but Billy and his wife Anais renounced that life of luxury, and headed west to the Mojave desert to produce the film trilogy Jesus of Malibu.

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But what really sets Billy Yeager apart, and the reason why he remains the media’s target, is that he’s willing to speak the ugly truth.

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“Artists are sometimes the prophets of our age. While Billy can certainly be unorthodox at times, so has every true prophet been as they challenge the thinking of their age. God is working in, through and as each one of us to get humanity to wake up. It’s about time, and Billy and Anais are playing a part in that wake up call.” – Minister Tim Lytle / Unity Church Hawaii 

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“The “truth” is a Lie, a “lie” is the Truth, there is no Truth in this world, there are only Lies, once you discover these Lies, only then will you know the Truth.” – Billy Yeager
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Credit: The Film That Changed The World / Billy Yeager (2006)

“What accusation are you bringing against this man?”

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NPR published and broadcasted libelous and slanderous statements about Billy Yeager, his life, and his work using words such as:

charlatan, huckster, scamhoax, bamboozle, stymied repeatedly, embittered, relentless failures, fake identities, ill-conceived, quixotic, purposeless obfuscation, trickster – booster.

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NPR LAWSUIT DEFAMATION 2018Billy Yeager has filed a defamation lawsuit against NPR (National Public Radio), for the amount of 350 million dollars.

Yeager’s lawsuit is unprecedented, and it will most likely go down in history as one of the most important court cases of our times for several different reasons.

One of those reasons is that his case is pro se, meaning that he has chosen not to be represented by a lawyer. Yeager is fighting his own case of defamation of character, and why shouldn’t he?

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Credit: NBC29.com / Nicole P. Eramo with her attorneys

Similar to Rolling Stone’s article “A Rape on Campus,” which defamed a University of Virginia administrator, Nicole P. Eramo, who said the article had portrayed her as the “chief villain,” NPR’s article is also defamatory.space 3Unlike the Rolling Stone’s article, however, it is not just one or two sentences that are slightly skewed by NPR’s journalists; NPR’s story is laden with false and malicious statements.

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“There’s no more powerful force in human history than tribalism . . . There’s nothing that gets people to band together more than a perceived common enemy . . . But if you can generate a story that gets the reaction, ‘This is an outrage, I must tell my friends about this,’ . . . then you’re going to do better than just some random feel-good story that will be shared by a smaller percentage . . . let’s find someone who’s done something and skewer him. People share stuff that they actively loathe by saying, ‘Can you believe this shit?’” – David Auerbach / The Case Against the Media by the Media.

“When I heard about Billy’s situation, I was definitely eager to help out by making a song and video. There are so many issues with the mainstream media and it has caused so much damage, that we need to be doing any and everything we can to take back control. We are majorly lacking in this society as a people and the media has a large part in keeping that alive.” – Nita Nurya Asherah Yisrael
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“The lawsuit, this kind of energy to me it’s a tough one, especially when you’re trying to do good work; to me that stuff is of this world, so it’s tough, it must be tough for him too. Billy is the kind of cat that would take those millions and he would go do all the things he wants to help the world. If you spent just a little time with him, you’d see he is about truth; that’s what I admire about him, he is down for waking people up.” – Jimi Ruccolospace 3But Yeager’s lawsuit is not only about defending his own character and reputation, it is a fight against injustice and for a revolution for the freedom mind.

“Anais and William have created a forum, an idea and hope for art in the future to be something bigger and bolder in spirit and courage to expand and free the mind! The mind is such a powerful and yet such a fragile mechanism at the same time. It is capable of astounding acts of kindness and courage and just as equally so of every kind of crime and depravity against nature. The freedom of the mind is something we all have to fight for in whatever way we can. The mind is wayward, never resting from searching, and most often, for all the wrong things and for things that do not appease it. The mind is a constant radar honing in on every kind of impression and perception, easily influenced and drawn astray as William and Anais say, ‘by the vanities of this world.’

Jesus of Malibu Poster YeagerHow do I know? I know because I think it is something we all know deep down inside about ourselves, of the duality of our own human nature. It is the battle between the flesh and the spirit. In the trailer of Jesus of Malibu Anais says, ‘When did man become afraid of his thoughts and feelings?’ It is a good question. Perhaps this is why we strive, why we distract, why we retreat into the numbing monotony and conformity of things that are not who we really are.

Jesus of Malibu is not preachy, pompous or narrow although it can be confrontational in the sense of confronting ourselves to define our own roles in society and to bold action against the status quo. More than anything the film gently suggests for us to be conscious, responsible and inquisitive into the nature of ourselves and the nature of others. Encourages us to fight for the freedom of the mind and soul by breaking through barriers of pop culture, politics, religion, by supporting visionary, ‘transcendental art’ over mass-produced mindless entertainment. Not only for the sake of art but also more importantly, for the sake of our souls, for the health and vitality of our lives. Anais and William believe we can change the world. It is said that the whole is only so good as the sum of its parts. My feelings of my own responsibility in that equation has been set into motion in part by Jesus of Malibu – so thank you for playing your special part in mine.” – Natalie Jaro Link to complete article.

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Credit: The Film That Changed The World / The Yeagers filming their movie Jesus of Malibu at an abandoned trailer in New Mexico

Since the day Billy and Anais met, they have been trying to usher in a revolution for the freedom of the mind.

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As truth seekers, the Yeagers are fully aware that in order for this REVOLUTION and for this “awakening” to transpire within our minds, the lies of this world must be exposed.

“Today’s major media journalism is biased, irresponsible, sensationalist reporting that distorts, exaggerates or misstates the truth. It’s misinformation or agitprop disinformation masquerading as fact to boost circulation, readership, viewers, or listeners, and on vital issues lie about or suppress uncomfortable truths to provide unqualified support for state and/or corporate interests – to the detriment of the greater good that’s always sacrificed for profits and imperial aims.” – Hermes Pressspace 3That’s why the Yeagers are fighting the Entertainment Industry and the Mainstream Media whom they consider to be contributing to the downfall of today’s society by desensitizing and manipulating the masses, seducing people into a lethargic coma with their bloated and irrelevant, vanity driven, mind-numbing, mind control, fear based propaganda.space 3“For way too many of this world’s ‘followers,’ their manner of thinking remains stilted, stifled and compliant with a society and authority geared toward achieving self-worth through monetary gain and “outdoing” friends, neighbors, colleagues and those whom they merely pass on a sidewalk. And this outlandish, programmed, self-serving behavior has reached a frighteningly dangerous level. Mankind’s self-centeredness shall bring on the demise of life–in all its forms–on our shared planet long before God intends.

Is this something capable of being rectified? By whom and through what means? Who will hear the truisms you convey in Jesus Of Malibu? For those with open minds, hearts built to listen and eyes that collectively permit this film’s message to filter into their senses, perhaps hope remains. The strength of conviction you both expound in the battle against capitalistic, political and societal falsehoods–behind which the majority hides—may be the very catalyst to bring forth a revolution that hits people in the gut, scaring them OUT OF THE FEARFUL STATE in which they reside.” – Amy Adams LINK to full text.

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In 2011 writer Dan Mage wrote an article about the Yeagers and “The Revolution For The Freedom Of The Mind.”

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“The mainstream media may dismiss them instantly as Quixotic anachronisms, speaking a long forgotten and discredited counter-cultural polemic against the dominant culture. The politicians and pundits championing America’s final descent into a new high-tech dark age will condemn them as dangerous political and religious blasphemers.

Anais and Billy don’t give a crap, speaking from an allegiance to the fundamental and indestructible nature of truth, and freedom, even at a time when, in Billy’s words: ‘Nobody is free, and that’s the truth, and the truth is that people don’t want to know the truth.’” – Dan Mage

space 3Verity Healey is a London-based writer and filmmaker who writes for HowlRound, Ministry of Counterculture, and Exeunt Magazine.

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“I believe that Anais and Billy are committed artists seeking to bring only consciousness and light, using their creativity to help heal the effects of the malign forces of today’s economic structures and a celebrity obsessed media.

Anais and Billy’s stories are epic painful epiphanies transformed by the deep psychic connections that their bodies hold with the earth. With the desert as their canvas and witness to these personal, internal frontier breaking narratives, it is hard not to fall slightly in love with both of these sincere, thoughtful and spiritual activist artists.

Some will insist the Yeagers’ version of truth is not theirs. But to think this is to miss the point that there is no one singular truth and no, one singular way to it. The point is that Billy and Anais are living their truth wholeheartedly and without compromise in every aspect of their lives. They are real rebels, believing in the values of change, compassion and redemption.

The Yeagers’ protests and performance art all play their part in assuring us that the Yeagers will do anything to promote their message ‘that man must change or perish.’

Their cause is the freedom of the mind because without it, there can be no spiritual evolution.” – Verity Healey

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“I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!”

Mistakes by the press are to be expected every so often, but when a journalist lies on purpose to create a sensational story, and is callous about ruining the reputation of someone who is trying to help those who cannot help themselves, then it becomes a crime.

NPR declared:

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It was early May and already a balmy 85 degrees when I exited the plane at Ft. Lauderdale International airport at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. I was heading to a place known as Las Olas Boulevard where I would meet the buyer of the 301 Jackson St. record album.

I get a call, “Hello, it’s Dolph.” I had planned to meet him in Coral Springs at his home, but he informs me he has gone to his other home on the water about 5 miles away.

He tells me to meet him on his yacht.

Taking a right turn onto Las Olas Boulevard, I notice waterways similar to pictures I have seen of Venice. In Las Olas there are gigantic yachts, astonishing multi-million-dollar mansions and the people who live in them, such as Steven Spielberg, Gloria Vanderbilt, Dan Quayle, Connie Francis, even Johnny Weissmuller once lived there.

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I find my destination, park the car, and walk around the house heading towards the back. Facing the water, I can see Dolph sitting on the deck of his boat with dark sunglasses holding a book in his hand.

Dolph doesn’t acknowledge my presence at first, but soon he looks up and says, “Sort of like trying to find the ghost orchid, ain’t it?”

“John Laroche!” I say, “John Laroche,” says Dolph.

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I have read the book; twice, in fact.

The Orchid Thief is a story about the bizarre world of orchid collectors. The book was produced into a Hollywood movie starring Chris Cooper. Laroche was an horticulturist who was arrested for allegedly poaching wild ghost orchids while working for the Seminole natives. It is one of the most interesting stories I have ever read.

“Ghost Orchid, that’s what you’re trying to find. There exists a very rare hybrid named “X Dactyloglossum mixtum,” only 15 have been known to exist, but the record album you’re wanting to see, there are only 4, maybe only 3, and I have one of them,” says Dolph.

He takes a sip from his large margarita glass and grabs the record album that is laying beside him. “In 2005 a Shenzhen Nongke orchid was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for $202,000, it was the most expensive flower ever bought, did you know that?” “No,” I tell him. “Would you like to see it?” Dolph asks. “Are you kidding? yes!” I say. “You can’t, it’s dead,” he says, “but I will show you the 301 Jackson St. album.”

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NPR’s Andrew Flanagan states:

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Dolph has his own printed copy of the NPR and Spin articles laying on his desk. He makes himself another margarita and throws the NPR article down on the folding chair next to him.

“You see that? To Kill a Mocking Bird, isn’t it?”

I ask, “To kill a mocking bird?”

Dolph continues, “Do you remember the movie with Gregory Peck? He is telling his children about the day his father gave him his first gun. In To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atticus says, ‘Although they can shoot all the bluejays they want, they must remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

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The girl who plays Scout goes to her neighbor Maudie, who explains to Scout that mockingbirds never harm other living creatures, they only give pleasure singing their hearts out for us. That is Billy and Anais, mockingbirds, it’s a sin, and I hope your story brings justice.”

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If the name Billy Yeager rings a bell, it may be because you remember the news story about a 2500 pound grand piano that was left stranded on a sandbar in Miami Beach.

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For over 7 days the media were asking, “Who put the mysterious grand piano on the sandbar and why?” The Yeagers seized the opportunity to promote their cause.
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Their story went international when they claimed they had placed the piano on the sandbar and stated on Inside Edition, “The dilapidated piano is a reflection of today’s society, I see people living in their prisons, they just conform to the status quo, they are being controlled by the media, pop culture, politics and corporations; all the while, injustice prevails, and nobody is making the changes that I feel we need to make to make us free from this slavedom. I see the degenerate condition of society, the apathy and lethargy of people that have turned into nothing but unconscious consumers, and we are consumed by greed; these corporations have turned us into subservient slaves while we support them.
The JOM Revolution is a wake-up call to humanity.”
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After the segments fromCNN and Inside Edition were featured on live television, many people from around the world were inspired by the Yeagers’ message and became supporters of their Jom Revolution movement.

Even though it was vividly apparent that Billy Yeager and his wife were artists and activists, Spin labeled the Yeagers’ piano protest as nothing more than a hoax.

It wasn’t the first time Billy spoke out about the state of humanity and the corporatized media.
space 3In 1995 Yeager began creating his performance art and media / pop culture protests, which he documented and edited into his films, such as the time when he dyed his skin black as Jimmy Story (his character in the film Jimmy’s Story) and became “The Long Lost Son of Jimi Hendrix.”
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Yeager stated in an interview, “The media and people’s fascination with celebrities is appalling; I don’t give a rat’s ass what people think of what I do or if I piss them off, we need to wake up.”
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Fast forward to March 2017 when I saw one of the most powerful music video I have ever seen, “Wake Up People,” written and performed by Billy and Anais. 
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“Wake Up People” video was posted on YouTube over 1 year ago and only has 4300 hits.

By comparison Taylor Swift’s most recent music video “Ready For It” racked up over 35,000,000 views on its first day.

space 3The difference between the 2 music videos is comparable to fire and ice. While “Wake Up People” did not cost one single penny to produce, Taylor Swift’s music video had a multi-million dollar budget.

Daniel Nicolosi saw “Wake Up People” and posted this message on facebook:
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I truly believe we have lost sight of what is really satisfying and of what really makes us happy. I’m not trying to put anybody down or shame anybody by saying any of this — as I’m equally guilty. However for some people it is more important to have the latest new iPhone or electronic gadget, than it is too feed a child painfully and slowly starving to death, or a child bleeding to death because of yet another war over religion, oil, and profit. And for some people, it’s more important to have the latest designer jeans than it is to fight against injustice, or to stand against bloody-wars for profit (all so that we can continue to be more comfortable and take yet another selfie) while turning a blind eye to the HORRENDOUS global suffering — some of which is directly related to our own insatiable desire and greed for more and more comfort and convenience. Now that you’ve been fairly warned, I hope you will still watch this video and see if it touches you as it did me. If you feel so inclined, please share it with others.”
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The most prominent, corporate-owned media outlets heavily promoted Taylor Swift’s latest video without exception, guaranteeing it would eventually sky rocket up towards 10 of millions of YouTube hits.
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space 3Seldom does a journalist who works for the mainstream media outlets have the chance to cover a news story about an unknown artist, but when the opportunity presented itself to NPR journalists Andrew Flanagan and Jacob Ganz to inform the public about Billy Yeager, his music, films, and humanitarian efforts, they decided instead to publish and broadcast scathing and defamatory statements and depictions about him, labeling Yeager as nothing more than a charlatan, who invests all his time in creating purposeless hoaxes because he is obsessed with infamy and attention.

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Veteran media commentator Raymond Snoddy says: “What we’ve seen this year is that ‘mainstream media’ has changed from a general description into a term of abuse. We’ve seen trust in media ebb and flow over many years but there’s been nothing like this before. These new outlets have no sense of journalistic principles and ethics – of fact-checking and at least trying to get it objectively right.”

NPR and Spin cynically and maliciously distorted the truth and fabricated false information.

space 3“Glitter and obscene excess, side by side with unspeakable suffering brought down on a dying world; this is what I see in the films and videos that the Yeagers fearlessly continue to produce in the face of a hostile political and commercial network, which apparently thinks nothing of using a hastily constructed and poorly documented non-story to bring them down. This type of story brings the haters and trolls out of the woodwork too, and reading the comments to both stories was nauseating.” – Dan Mage

Defamation

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The stories by NPR and Spin elicited extremely negative comments from users on facebook and twitter, even comparing Yeager to Charles Manson.

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What is the Truth?

“There is no question that Andrew and Andy watched ‘Wake Up People’ and understood the message that the Yeagers have been trying to convey with their art as activists and humanitarians, but they purposely buried it and refused to share it; they wrote extremely biased articles.” – Damon Blalack

The Yeagers are concerned about the injustices in the world and today’s most serious issues such as starvation, torture, innocent people being imprisoned, child labor, sex trafficking and the U.S.’s refusal to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.

The Yeagers believe that we are not free to help those in need, or not, as we please; that it is our duty as individuals to rise towards our highest ideals and purpose. The music video “Wake Up People” reveals this.

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Dan Myrick / Filmmaker / Creator of The Blair Witch Project

“Billy was always a very spiritual guy, a lot of his music reflected that, and you see the spirituality underpinning the movie Jimmy’s Story, you can see this guy’s got a spiritual component to him, so I am not surprised he took that road.

Billy’s revealing so much about these people, the human condition, and pointing out some of the hypocrisies that we swim in everyday, so there’s a grander purpose there.

I do feel that he feels that he’s for a grander mission in life; whether you agree with it or not, or agree with his grand mission is sort of irrelevant, at least he has one, which is more than I can say for 99.9 percent of the people out there.” – Dan Myrick

March 23rd 2017

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Alice! Help!

Smells like Sensationalism.

NPR ethics states: We avoid hyperbole and sensational conjecture.

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What a bunch of gibberish!

When I typed Billy Yeager into google and landed on his official website, I did not find myself “Not in control, like Alice chasing the rabbit, like a dog chasing a car.” What I discovered was a professional website, laid out with clear and concise information about the artist, his films, and music, all of it verifiable.

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What I also found out was that, for over 25 years, Yeager has been challenging the status quo.

And God sends a prophet

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Billy Yeager defies categories, he is a renaissance man, a maverick, a rebel with a cause, a man on a mission to change the world.

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Credit: Unity Church Honolulu Hawaii / Pastor Tim Lytle

“Billy Yeager and his wife Anais exude a strong sense of dedication to their mission, a sense of compassion, love and peace, and are a couple of the most beautiful souls I have had the privilege of experiencing.

Like John the Baptizer, Billy is an out-of-the box prophetic voice whose art sometimes gets right into your face.

The fact is that Billy and Anais have produced and created film and music which challenges our culture as well as our current programming.” – Tim Lytlespace 3

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Mel Lockhart is a jazz guitarist from Colorado. He has played with artists such as Phyllis Diller, Don Ellis and legendary guitarist Michael Hedges. Mel was chosen to be one of the guitarists to perform with the Yeagers at their benefit concerts.space 3“The music business is about how low you can go; it’s just music pornography, people like Miley Cyrus, it’s sad unfortunately, it’s taking a beautiful thing, this art form, and stomping on it in the dirt, and that seems to be the mind set of today’s people. All you need to do is get 1% lie in there and you killed the truth; so it’s not unusual that they kill the prophet, Billy could be one of them, the prophet is not always welcome. I believe in what Billy is doing, I was just about ready to throw in the towel, but I heard Billy and it reignited the passion.” – Mel Lockhart

Are we losing our humanity?

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We are witnessing a massive attack on humanity by the media who uses deceptive tactics to divert our attention (from serious issues), bombarding us to death with trivial news, gossip and celebrities, and hysteria news that create confusion, fear, and division among people. The media should receive an academy award for breaking down the moral values of society. Given the scope of recent news headlines, fake news, contradictions, apologies, retractions, one may well ask, “. . . tell me where is sanity . . . ?” (Rock band Ten Years After – “I’d Love to Change the World” 1971.)

“The constant interruptions and distractions of our society are, to me, the opposite of philosophy. Getting caught up in minutiae. Getting caught up in things that don’t matter. Getting caught up in things that are designed to exploit and antagonize us and our emotions.

The same goes for every other publisher or platform. Television doesn’t want you to get up and take action, they want you to sit through the commercial break. A news outlet doesn’t want you to be so outraged by an article that you do something, that you decide to change the world, they want you to be so outraged that you sign a Change.org petition and then consider it a job well done.” – Ryan Holiday 

It should be noted that the music news being reported by NPR and Spin, is not any different than what the blundering mainstream media reports.

Take a look at these “news items” published by Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush.

Spin’s Andy Cush wants people to know about Taylor Swift being transported in a suitcase:

This morning, the internet received a tremendous gift in the form of a photo that purported to show two burly men transporting Taylor Swift “in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment into her truck, in the trunk.”

Update! Now, we are sorry to report, Splash is retracting its claim that Taylor was inside that huge suitcase.“I literally just put the phone down from someone on Taylor’s camp,” a Splash representative said when contacted by SPIN this afternoon. It was good while it lasted. – Andy Cush

Does anyone believe this garbage? So Andy Cush is just wasting his time and everyone’s time, while tens of thousands of unknown musicians and songwriters are stuck like a sitting duck on indie music sites such as Bandcamp, iTunes, and Myspace, just waiting and hoping to be discovered. Randomly pick any band on these sites, and listen to one of their songs and you will hear good music and musicianship, meaningful lyrics, but this is the crap that is fed into society; thanks Andy Cush, nice “cushy job.”

Taylor Swift's security guards are seen moving a huge case into the truck of an awaiting SUV.

Half of planet earth lives on 2.50 cents per day.

There are over 219 million children working as child labor, working no less than 10 hours a day with not one single day off.

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“Here’s Andrew!”

NPR’s Andrew Flanagan wants the public to know how popular “Beyonce’s Pregnancy Photo” is.

One Photo And Just A Few Words: How Completely Did Beyoncé Dominate The Internet?

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Andrew Flanagan writes: “In the first 45 minutes after it was posted, it had generated half a million tweets, topping out at 17,000 a minute.”

Andrew even includes a graph in his news report:

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Here is another graph:

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One in seven people on earth does not have electricity, one in six people on earth lives in a slum, one in seven persons on earth goes to bed hungry.

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  • Over 1,700 millionaires are being made each day in the U.S.
  • About 29,000 children under the age of five – 21 each minute – die every day.
  • The entire beauty industry is worth an astounding $382 billion globally.
  • Millennials spent $26 billion on Diamonds in 2015 alone, more than any other single generation.
  • An estimated one million diamond diggers in Africa earn less than a dollar a day and 46% of miners were between the ages of 5 and 16.
  • There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

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  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, 80% are female and half are children.
  • The sex industry sells children from as young as 5 years old.
  • The production costs for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show was over $10 million, making it the most expensive Super Bowl halftime show to date.

These are the issues and injustices that concern the Yeagers, and that is the reason why they are fighting like Rebels With a Cause.

For over a year, Billy and Anais were producing their What 4? benefit concert and performance art theater play that was supposed to raise over $600,000 to provide wheelchairs for landmine victims.

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There are an estimated 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground and another 250 million stockpiled around the world.

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Because of the stories published by NPR and Spin the concerts had to be cancelled making it impossible for the Yeagers to be able to do any charity work as artists again.

space 3Jimi Ruccolo is one of the premiere guitarists in South Florida. He has been a performer for over 47 years, and his guitar playing can be heard on some of the most well known television commercials today, but he would prefer to be remembered for his nonprofit humanitarian work.

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“I run a non-profit, I teach high risk kids how to play music, Guitars not Guns, it’s not about what you put out there, but what you want to leave.

Billy and I are 60 year old men now, we’ve got nothing to prove, we’re more about what is going on inside than what is going on outside.

As a kid, he was just fearless, I was inspired by his fearlessness.

There is only fear and love, look around, and it takes light workers, people like Billy, myself and others, we are not caught up with this world, we are warriors; Billy and I, we read the same books, we still talk, about why we are really here, what this life is really about, we’re on the same path.

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Credit: Jimi Ruccolo (The photo was taken right before Billy left to the Mojave Desert)

I look at Billy like a type of Prince, his own shift maker; he is up for waking people up, and to me he’s a hero; he is always doing something controversial, he doesn’t give a shit. He’s brilliant, he’s been like that since he was a kid, it is part of his artistic genius.

I don’t think he would have been as effective of a human being if he did become a big rock star; this is why he’s here.” – Jimi Ruccolo

THE MEDIA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

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“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth.”– John Swinton
Consider this quote from John Swinton, former managing editor at The New York Times:

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press.

If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone, and if any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions you would be out on the streets looking for another job.

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” – John Swinton

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76 percent of people surveyed in 2014 believed the media does not tell the truth.

space 3A recent Gallup poll found that Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history.

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More and more people are becoming aware that the owners of large media outlets have their own agendas and that sensationalism sells.

space 3New Yorker Magazine sent a questionnaire to 113 colleagues working in print, television, and digital media, asking that they would use the opportunity to air their grievances and bare their souls, while promising anonymity, in exchange for candid answers to some uncomfortable questions.

One of those questions was, “What is the worst sin you have committed as a journalist or as a person in the journalism business?”

Here are just a few of the top answers:

  • Relentless focus on traffic.
  • Being closed-minded and failing to question my own biases.
  • Ignoring a possible story because the source didn’t reflect the qualities I’d like.
  • Being in a hurry to beat my competitors and get my story published first.
  • An anonymous publisher admitted,“This is the lecture I give to my reporters: Nobody has time to read. So you need to give them an overwhelming reason to read your piece. You need to grab them by the face and pull them in, and cover them in the hot stinky garlic breath of journalism.”

The Media fabricates news and lies

CNN: Tom Petty’s daughter angered over early, inaccurate death report.

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A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the 66-year-old entertainer was still alive at the time, and news outlets that announced his death Monday were forced to retract their stories.

Anna Kim Violet Petty featured a post with a blistering message to Rolling Stone magazine, which reported Petty had died on Monday afternoon.space 3“How dare you report that my father has died. My dad is not dead yet but your f***ing magazine is,” the post read.

The Media is Controlled

A recent example: Harvey Weinstein and Variety Magazine.

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In the mid-1990s, a young reporter at the entertainment trade magazine Variety pitched a story at the weekly meeting that would’ve made Harvey Weinstein look bad.

But Peter Bart, the magazine’s powerful editor-in-chief, shut that story down instantly saying nothing like this would happen again, stating that “We don’t do those kinds of stories about Miramax.”

space 3Another former Variety employee said, “You’d never find a critical piece about Harvey or about his company, which at the time was Miramax, in the paper. You just wouldn’t, it almost became the unspoken rule.”

One former Variety staffer said Bart’s focus was on sales, “Ultimately, that’s what he cared about, it was about not upsetting one of his major advertisers.”

There was a time when it was impossible to sift through an issue of Variety without being overwhelmed with Miramax advertisements.

The New York Times stated that Miramax had purchased over 40% of all Oscar ads in Variety’s weekly edition.

The end result was an editorial product that left many employees working under Bart feeling journalistically compromised, “There was never anything bad said about Harvey Weinstein.”

NPR: “All things considered”

Let’s consider their funding. (From: How Do I Hate NPR? Let Me Count the Ways)

So NPR is better than the rest, because it is publicly funded, right?

Not so according to Glenn Garvin, who had this to say about NPR’s public funding:

“National Public Radio is not any different from any other government or corporate owned mainstream news company.”

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NPR officials insist that the outside funding has no impact on the way they report the news, and also claim that less than 3 percent of its funding comes from the federal government which is accepted as gospel almost everywhere.

But what that figure really represents is a clever bookkeeping trick.

In 1987, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—the quasi-independent organization in charge of distributing the annual $300-million-plus federal subsidy to public broadcasting—stopped funding NPR directly and started giving the money directly to public radio stations, which then hand it back to NPR in the form of “dues.” That covers about two-thirds of NPR’s $46 million annual budget.

Here is a list of “some of those sponsors”: CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENHANCE

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Then there’s the matter of that $198 million satellite NPR uses to distribute its programming: yup, paid for with tax dollars. (NPR also makes a nice chunk of change by renting out the satellite’s excess capacity to a private paging company.)

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And without taxpayer dollars, there wouldn’t be any public stations to run NPR’s programs. Of the total $377 million spent on public radio in fiscal 1991, nearly half was provided by local, state, and federal government. Taxes are the lifeblood of the entire industry.

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I wonder what the founders would have said back in 1970 if they’d been told that someday NPR would have a science reporter paid for by Hewlett-Packard?

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“Thank you for shining a light on NPR VERY WORST of these psychopaths, running a steady stream of corporate advertising on air, while simultaneously begging for your $$ in dog and pony show weekly “fund raising” and floating the myth of being “commercial free” I’d say that they are the MOST connected to the shadow government, with snarky, elite, entitled, “educated” propagandists delivering the “news” to their entitled audience.” – Anonymous Person

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“The board of directors? Gimme a break. The guy who owns the outlet determines policy and content – that’s why he owns it, so he can control it. This power to mold public opinion is bartered for ‘favors’ among ‘friends’ – it is the essential tool of spin-control.” – Frank Zappa

The Illusion

In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies, in 2011, that same 90% was controlled by 6 companies.

space 3In 1998 musician, filmmaker and activist Frank Zappa had this to say about the media:

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“The media keeps me from getting my point of view across, the more abstract and weird they make me look, the less access that I have to a normal channel of communication with the people who might benefit from what I have to say.” – Frank Zappa

space 3Who is the Fraud?

Being a journalist in today’s world confers on you a unique responsibility as well as a unique opportunity for preserving the evolutionary integrity of the human experiment.

The “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Journalists should try to convey a fair and reliable account of the meaning of the facts, subject to further investigation.

Meet Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush

 

 

Andy and Andrew stated:

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NOT TRUE.

A simple search revealed 7 music videos by Billy Yeager.

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One of those music videos was “Wake Up People” (which was posted on YouTube and Vimeo), and I wasn’t the only one that discovered this, so did this guy HERE

The video had been uploaded only 3 days before Christmas, on December 22nd, 2016, exactly 3 months before both media outlets published their stories.

Why did both Spin and NPR deliberately choose not to mention or feature Wake Up People?

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It is very obvious that neither journalist wanted to refer to Yeager as an artist, activist, or humanitarian because they had an agenda, and painting Yeager as an insane, cryptic, and farcical character would make for a “better story,” in fact, Andy Cush’s story continues to be featured on the front page as “Editor’s Pick,” go figure.

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Neither NPR nor Spin published one positive statement about Billy or his work. Both media outlets purposely belittled everything Billy has created and accomplished in the last 40 years as an artist.

Both Jacob Ganz and Andrew Flanagan defamed Yeager on NPR’s program All Things Considered (“…the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country…” – NPR)

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NPR’s broadcasts are heard world-wide. According to Nielsen Audio ratings, the total weekly listeners for all programming on NPR stations reached an all-time high of about 37.4 million in the fall of 2016.

Andrew Flanagan’s story incited comments like the one below – laundering money, BTW, is a crime! This gives one a clear indication of how someone’s reputation can be seriously destroyed by the press.

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After slandering Billy Yeager, Jacob and Andrew segue into their next story about their “musical idol,” Kendrick Lamar.

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“Go tell your mama this dick ain’t for free, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t for free.” – Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar

The most appalling remark made during the NPR radio broadcast was made by NPR’s Audie Cornish.

After bashing Billy Yeager Audie Cornish segues into the segment about rapper Kendrick Lamar stating:

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“Alright, well the kicker this week is new music from somebody who HAS earned their success, right?”              – Audie Cornish

Emphasis on “who HAS earned their success.”

What are you implying Audie, that Yeager hasn’t earned anything, except in your opinion just to be ridiculed?

Let’s take a look at the lyrics by the artist that you say has earned his success.

Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar:

I just fucked what’s her name and you ain’t even know it

She got a censored tattoo and you ain’t even know it

Too many bitches got rabies,

And I hate a ho-hoppin’ woman,

Stank pussy-poppin’ woman,

You fuckin’ fool don’t know about you,

But my dick need 70 years on it.

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“All my life I want money and power, respect my mind or die from lead shower, I pray my dick get big as Eiffel Tower, so I can fuck the world for 72 hours.” (Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar).

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Ethics Handbook:

“Our journalism is most valuable when we marry important truths with engaging narrative. We take enormous pride in the craftsmanship of our storytelling and in the quality of the words, sounds and images we use to help illuminate the world. When we edit, it is to add impact and clarity to our journalism — never to slant or distort. We don’t allow what is sensational to obscure what is significant. We aspire to tell stories that rise above the maudlin and mundane, avoiding shallow sentimentality. Above all, we do our best to faithfully and powerfully convey the truth.”

I smell something foul.

On Wikipedia it states that Audie Cornish is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

I cannot believe Audie Cornish’s condescending attitude towards Yeager; I suppose that artists like Kendrick Lamar are the ones that Audie Cornish admires.

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space 3I was mortified while listening to the Kendrick Lamar version of the song UOENO:

“Put Molly (the drug) all in her champagne—she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that—she ain’t even know it.”

Did he just say what I think he did?

You’ve drugged a woman, kidnapped her, and raped her, while she was unconscious?

With the recent headlines about Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, ETC, including NPR’s own Michael Oreskes whom chief executive Jarl Mohn kept on the job for months despite knowing about three sexual harassment complaints, I find it beyond disturbing that NPR is supporting such an artist.

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A sample of “sounds and images we use to help illuminate the world”that NPR is promoting:

Below is another music video I found, published on March 26, 2012, proving again that both NPR and Spin lied when they stated:

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“Little Train” must not have been vulgar enough to merit any recognition from NPR’s music team and Audie Cornish.

The lyrics of the song tell the story of an imaginary world, a place where the little things matter the most.

Miami New Times music journalist Greg Baker has always believed in Yeager’s music, films and message.

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“If you’re going to look at motives, I am more fond of Billy’s agenda, he has a purpose, spiritual, cultural, social, at least he’s trying to do something positive, not just make more money. If you’re going to make comparisons, he has a stronger case, more legitimacy than the rest of that stuff out there.”   – Greg Baker

Despite of what transpired from the stories by NPR and Spin, Baker feels that the final outcome of the 301 Jackson St. record album will be a positive one for Billy and will shed a new light about today’s bad journalism.

“These negative articles that supposedly blew up in Billy’s face, I don’t think they did, I think they did just what they are suppose to do (expose the hypocrisy of the media?). Check your resources, do your work, don’t just jump. He’s a totally serious guy, he’s a serious filmmaker? Then he’s a serious filmmaker, end of story.” – Greg Baker 
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Where does the media get this crap?

kendrick-lamar-cover-bb1-2015-billboard-510The affirmation “Kendrick Lamar may be the greatest rapper alive and the most celebrated male musician on the planet,” was from another journalist who works at NPR; his name is Otis Hart.

Here it is again, only this time it is USA Today quoting Billboard Magazine senior editor Alex Gale who said, “He’s absolutely one of the best, and you could make the argument for the best artist of the 21st century.”

There are literally 100s of these to be found online.

“Scripted” by Public Relation Firms.

With $35 billion in annual revenue, the big three PRP firms (Omnicom, WPP, and Interpublic Group —together employed 214,000 people across 170 countries), are key components of the transnational capitalist class. The PRP industry’s primary goal is the promotion of capital growth through hegomonic psychological control of human desires, emotions, beliefs, and values by massively influencing the world with their propaganda.

In 2003, an article from the Guardian conservatively estimated that 50-80% of news and business stories originated from Public Relations firms who create specific stories to support the capitalist elites’ goals and interests.

If you find this hard to swallow, simply watch the video below, then ask yourself:

What IS going on?

IMG_20170412_185749_2“The powers that be, decide who “makes it.” They can go into any neighborhood, find the next guy standing outside of Piggly Wigglys, with a rhyming dictionary, and make him their stereotypical gangstaboy, who will become the next puppet and poster child . Rap (and hip-hop) are being used as a selling tool of a thug-lifestyle, it is a huge promotional tool for incarceration and imprisonment, infiltrating the ghetto with drugs, crack, crappy music that promotes cheating, lying, and laying with every whore you can find. Make babies, increase population, enter a world of crime, go to prison, make white man rich. Music industry executives are heavily invested in private prisons, they promote gangsta rap to influence young people to get into a life of crime leading to higher incarceration which increases profits for investors, that’s all. The white elite capitalize on the black man and also the white boy, who thinks, “If I turn up my radio loud enough with my gansta rap music,” when he arrives at the gym, and parks next to the girl with the tattoos, nose piercing, and pregnant pit bull in her back seat, he’s gonna connect and get a piece of ass, cause they are two peas in a pod. Look around. It is all manipulated and induced on the public, and it’s working.” –Dolph

They say a picture is worth a thousand words:

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Andrew Flanagan’s weekly / monthly posts on Taylor Swift

Here is another picture:

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NPR’s “Mission” and Hypocrisy.

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Our Mission

  1. Our purpose is to pursue the truth. 2. Diligent verification is critical. 3. We take great care to ensure that statements of fact in our journalism are both correct and in context. 4. In our reporting, we rigorously challenge both the claims we encounter and the assumptions we bring. 5. We devote our resources and our skills to presenting the fullest version of the truth we can deliver, placing the highest value on information we have gathered and verified ourselves.
  • 1. Truth was not pursued
  • 2. No verification
  • 3. Statements were incorrect and taken out of context
  • 4. Claims encountered were not challenged
  • 5. Clearly biased: by omission, by selection of sources, by story selection, by labeling, and by spin

Below is the Yeagers’ mission statement, which is posted on the Jesus of Malibu website:

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This mission statement was posted in 2006 and has never been changed.

But NPR stated:

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“It’s been said there are three types of people in the world, there are sheep, there are wolves, and there are sheep dogs.

The majority of people tend to be the sheep, comfortable in their surroundings, blissfully unaware of the financial trappings of their existence, and content to avoid the unpleasantries of the world.

There are the wolves of the world that prey on the sheep for the purposes of power, greed and any form of personal gain. Although not nearly as many as there are sheep, the wolves wield a much greater power than the unsuspecting sheep.

And finally, there are the sheep dogs. The protectors of the sheep. The ones that are willing to meet the wolves on their own terms and attack them. The ones that are willing to present the horrors that wolves will bestow upon the sheep, even if there’s no audience that cares to listen. Billy Yeager is one of this world’s sheep dogs.” – Ken Jenkins

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If NPR wants to help “illuminate the world,” why did they choose to hide the truth, and lie about Billy Yeager’s work, mission and purpose?

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

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“Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don’t believe in the good old words anymore because we don’t believe in the good old values anymore. And that’s why the world is sick.” – Lin Yutang

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Andy likes to “tweet” his feature articles, but he likes to also share his own personal thoughts for the day.

Perhaps this gives people a better perspective of why Andy was not interested in writing about Yeager’s spiritual path:

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Andy tweets an image of an abused pig and places his name right on the ass. I find this sad.

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I don’t understand why someone would post these type of messages on their twitter. To me it seems like Andy Cush has a regular habit of self deprecation, belittling himself as a type of hobby.

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For some peculiar reason, on August 29th, Andrew wants his followers on twitter to know that Jesus’ resurrection is something to laugh-out-loud about.

Andrew writes: “C u “see you” in three days lol”

Something to laugh-out-loud about? Am I the only one who doesn’t get it?

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Perhaps this gives people a better perspective of why Andrew was not interested in Billy’s spiritual endeavors either.

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Andy Cush and Andrew Flanagan appear to be two examples of today’s desensitized, hedonistic-urbane, and ultra-hip millennial “me, myself and I” generation. Millennials are known as the most cynical and distrusting generation ever recorded in history.

Alexis Bloomer gives her two cents on her generation

Millennial journalist Alexis Bloomer recorded a video a message to her generation that was viewed by over 41 million people:

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“We’re just existing, we’re not really contributing anything to society, we listen to really obscene music that degrades women and pretty much glorifies drugs and crime, we idolize people like Kim Kardashian, and then we shame people like Tim Tebow.space 3We’re lazy, spending time online “making friends” instead of “actually building relationships, and place too much value in Facebook’s “relationships appearance” and how many followers they generate.” – Alexis Bloomerspace 3

Something stinks.

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Tabloidization by media scholar Frank Esser:

In the digital age, it’s about getting views and shares. But the same rule applies as it has for more than a hundred years of tabloid press; you make up BS to get people’s attention.

Never mind that it’s not true, and that you’re violating fundamental journalistic standards by spreading lies—you need readers and will do anything to get them.space 3The Truth about the Media and their Lies.

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Ryan Holiday’s book, “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator,” offers a penetrating look at the incentives of media.
Holiday, himself, is a practitioner of the dark arts of media manipulation and uses these techniques to make a living.

“Usually, it is a simple hustle,” Holiday writes. “Someone pays me, I manufacture a story for them, and we trade it up the chain — from a tiny blog to Gawker to a website of a local news network to the Huffington Post to the major newspapers to cable news and back again, until the unreal becomes real. Sometimes I start by planting a story. Sometimes I put out a press release or ask a friend to break a story on their blog. Sometimes I ‘leak’ a document. Sometimes I fabricate a document and leak that. Really, it can be anything, from vandalizing a Wikipedia page to producing an expensive viral video. However the play starts, the end is the same: The economics of the Internet are exploited to change public perception — and sell product.”

By the way, Andy Cush worked as a writer at Gawker.

Why was Gawker shut down?

A defamation lawsuit that busted them flat.

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Goodbye lying news media outlets, one down, and more to go.

Click on image below to read the complete story:

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Here is one of the shocking answers:
“If you really have an ill feeling about a person, you can find information — legitimate, factual information — to turn that person into anything you want. It’s the selectivity of the information. The selectivity of the evidence. And you can get any kind of story, you can ruin anybody’s career. People believe the first time they read something, and it makes an impression on them, and you can’t alter it, no matter how much pleading you do to get it right, you’re lost.” – Anonymous journalist

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Once upon a time,

an artist named Billy Yeager fell on hard times. Living out of his car, he put his possessions in a storage facility. When he was unable to make the monthly payments, all his possessions were auctioned off, including master tapes of his songs, films, CDs, cassette tapes and record albums.
One of those records was a test pressing of an album called 301 Jackson St, produced in 1989–there were only 4 test pressings ever made.
(301 Jackson St. also happens to be the address where Billy Yeager lived for over 13 years in Hollywood, Florida.)
28 years later, the record album was discovered and listed for sale on the website discogs.com.
On January 23rd, 2017, 301 Jackson St. sold on Discogs for the record-breaking price of $18,000.
The news of this record-breaking album was a shock to vinyl record collectors all over the world.
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But 8 weeks later, on March 23rd, Discogs cancelled the transaction and sent out an updated press release to all the prominent music news websites.
Soon after receiving the Discogs press release, NPR and Spin published their biased and defamatory stories.
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Media outlets from all over the world picked up the story from NPR and Spin and, without fact checking, they republished the false statements and malicious accusations written by Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush.
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2000 years ago, Pontius Pilate asked Jesus,“What is Truth?”

Jesus never answered.

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In 2018 Time Magazine asked:

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The Media Lies and that is a Fact.

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Who is Billy Yeager?

Yeager is a voice in the wilderness, an artistic archetype of John the Baptist, calling out corruption, greed, hypocrisy, and injustices in the world, and lambasting the unethical corporations, the manipulative, sensational, biased media, the hedonistic pop culture, and the degenerate entertainment industry.
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Yeager has been discovered numerous times by people such as by Columbia Records Executive Chuck Gregory in 1983, Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby in 1991, Kiss band manager Doc McGhee in 2001, and Rod Stewart in 2005, yet he still remains unknown.
Regarded by artists such as Prince and Jaco Pastorius to be a guitar god, he is also considered by many to be one of the greatest artists of our time.
But through all the discoveries, accolades, and coveted opportunities, Billy Yeager has somehow eluded fame and instead has chosen a most difficult path, one that is clearly evident, one that has put him on the chopping block, and one that the media has tried to destroy.
Back in 2005, Yeager was performing at high society events in Palm Beach, Florida, for people such as the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and Presidents, but Billy and his wife Anais renounced that life of luxury, and headed west to the Mojave desert to produce the film trilogy Jesus of Malibu.
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But what really sets Billy Yeager apart, and the reason why he remains the media’s target, is that he’s willing to speak the ugly truth.
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“Artists are sometimes the prophets of our age. While Billy can certainly be unorthodox at times, so has every true prophet been as they challenge the thinking of their age. God is working in, through and as each one of us to get humanity to wake up. It’s about time, and Billy and Anais are playing a part in that wake up call.” – Minister Tim Lytle / Unity Church Hawaii 

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“The “truth” is a Lie, a “lie” is the Truth, there is no Truth in this world, there are only Lies, once you discover these Lies, only then will you know the Truth.” – Billy Yeager
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“What accusation are you bringing against this man?”

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NPR published and broadcasted libelous and slanderous statements about Billy Yeager, his life, and his work using words such as:

charlatan, huckster, scamhoax, bamboozle, stymied repeatedly, embittered, relentless failures, fake identities, ill-conceived, quixotic, purposeless obfuscation, trickster – booster.

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NPR LAWSUIT DEFAMATION 2018Billy Yeager has filed a defamation lawsuit against NPR (National Public Radio), for the amount of 350 million dollars.
Yeager’s lawsuit is unprecedented, and it will most likely go down in history as one of the most important court cases of our times for several different reasons.
One of those reasons is that his case is pro se, meaning that he has chosen not to be represented by a lawyer. Yeager is fighting his own case of defamation of character, and why shouldn’t he?
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Similar to Rolling Stone’s article “A Rape on Campus,” which defamed a University of Virginia administrator, Nicole P. Eramo, who said the article had portrayed her as the “chief villain,” NPR’s article is also defamatory.space 3Unlike the Rolling Stone’s article, however, it is not just one or two sentences that are slightly skewed by NPR’s journalists; NPR’s story is laden with false and malicious statements.
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“There’s no more powerful force in human history than tribalism . . . There’s nothing that gets people to band together more than a perceived common enemy . . . But if you can generate a story that gets the reaction, ‘This is an outrage, I must tell my friends about this,’ . . . then you’re going to do better than just some random feel-good story that will be shared by a smaller percentage . . . let’s find someone who’s done something and skewer him. People share stuff that they actively loathe by saying, ‘Can you believe this shit?’” – David Auerbach / The Case Against the Media by the Media.
“When I heard about Billy’s situation, I was definitely eager to help out by making a song and video. There are so many issues with the mainstream media and it has caused so much damage, that we need to be doing any and everything we can to take back control. We are majorly lacking in this society as a people and the media has a large part in keeping that alive.” – Nita Nurya Asherah Yisrael
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“The lawsuit, this kind of energy to me it’s a tough one, especially when you’re trying to do good work; to me that stuff is of this world, so it’s tough, it must be tough for him too. Billy is the kind of cat that would take those millions and he would go do all the things he wants to help the world. If you spent just a little time with him, you’d see he is about truth; that’s what I admire about him, he is down for waking people up.” – Jimi Ruccolospace 3But Yeager’s lawsuit is not only about defending his own character and reputation, it is a fight against injustice and for a revolution for the freedom mind.
“Anais and William have created a forum, an idea and hope for art in the future to be something bigger and bolder in spirit and courage to expand and free the mind! The mind is such a powerful and yet such a fragile mechanism at the same time. It is capable of astounding acts of kindness and courage and just as equally so of every kind of crime and depravity against nature. The freedom of the mind is something we all have to fight for in whatever way we can. The mind is wayward, never resting from searching, and most often, for all the wrong things and for things that do not appease it. The mind is a constant radar honing in on every kind of impression and perception, easily influenced and drawn astray as William and Anais say, ‘by the vanities of this world.’
Jesus of Malibu Poster YeagerHow do I know? I know because I think it is something we all know deep down inside about ourselves, of the duality of our own human nature. It is the battle between the flesh and the spirit. In the trailer of Jesus of Malibu Anais says, ‘When did man become afraid of his thoughts and feelings?’ It is a good question. Perhaps this is why we strive, why we distract, why we retreat into the numbing monotony and conformity of things that are not who we really are.
Jesus of Malibu is not preachy, pompous or narrow although it can be confrontational in the sense of confronting ourselves to define our own roles in society and to bold action against the status quo. More than anything the film gently suggests for us to be conscious, responsible and inquisitive into the nature of ourselves and the nature of others. Encourages us to fight for the freedom of the mind and soul by breaking through barriers of pop culture, politics, religion, by supporting visionary, ‘transcendental art’ over mass-produced mindless entertainment. Not only for the sake of art but also more importantly, for the sake of our souls, for the health and vitality of our lives. Anais and William believe we can change the world. It is said that the whole is only so good as the sum of its parts. My feelings of my own responsibility in that equation has been set into motion in part by Jesus of Malibu – so thank you for playing your special part in mine.” – Natalie Jaro Link to complete article.
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Since the day Billy and Anais met, they have been trying to usher in a revolution for the freedom of the mind.
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As truth seekers, the Yeagers are fully aware that in order for this REVOLUTION and for this “awakening” to transpire within our minds, the lies of this world must be exposed.

“Today’s major media journalism is biased, irresponsible, sensationalist reporting that distorts, exaggerates or misstates the truth. It’s misinformation or agitprop disinformation masquerading as fact to boost circulation, readership, viewers, or listeners, and on vital issues lie about or suppress uncomfortable truths to provide unqualified support for state and/or corporate interests – to the detriment of the greater good that’s always sacrificed for profits and imperial aims.” – Hermes Pressspace 3That’s why the Yeagers are fighting the Entertainment Industry and the Mainstream Media whom they consider to be contributing to the downfall of today’s society by desensitizing and manipulating the masses, seducing people into a lethargic coma with their bloated and irrelevant, vanity driven, mind-numbing, mind control, fear based propaganda.space 3“For way too many of this world’s ‘followers,’ their manner of thinking remains stilted, stifled and compliant with a society and authority geared toward achieving self-worth through monetary gain and “outdoing” friends, neighbors, colleagues and those whom they merely pass on a sidewalk. And this outlandish, programmed, self-serving behavior has reached a frighteningly dangerous level. Mankind’s self-centeredness shall bring on the demise of life–in all its forms–on our shared planet long before God intends.

Is this something capable of being rectified? By whom and through what means? Who will hear the truisms you convey in Jesus Of Malibu? For those with open minds, hearts built to listen and eyes that collectively permit this film’s message to filter into their senses, perhaps hope remains. The strength of conviction you both expound in the battle against capitalistic, political and societal falsehoods–behind which the majority hides—may be the very catalyst to bring forth a revolution that hits people in the gut, scaring them OUT OF THE FEARFUL STATE in which they reside.” – Amy Adams LINK to full text.

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In 2011 writer Dan Mage wrote an article about the Yeagers and “The Revolution For The Freedom Of The Mind.”

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“The mainstream media may dismiss them instantly as Quixotic anachronisms, speaking a long forgotten and discredited counter-cultural polemic against the dominant culture. The politicians and pundits championing America’s final descent into a new high-tech dark age will condemn them as dangerous political and religious blasphemers.
Anais and Billy don’t give a crap, speaking from an allegiance to the fundamental and indestructible nature of truth, and freedom, even at a time when, in Billy’s words: ‘Nobody is free, and that’s the truth, and the truth is that people don’t want to know the truth.’” – Dan Mage
space 3Verity Healey is a London-based writer and filmmaker who writes for HowlRound, Ministry of Counterculture, and Exeunt Magazine.
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“I believe that Anais and Billy are committed artists seeking to bring only consciousness and light, using their creativity to help heal the effects of the malign forces of today’s economic structures and a celebrity obsessed media.
Anais and Billy’s stories are epic painful epiphanies transformed by the deep psychic connections that their bodies hold with the earth. With the desert as their canvas and witness to these personal, internal frontier breaking narratives, it is hard not to fall slightly in love with both of these sincere, thoughtful and spiritual activist artists.
Some will insist the Yeagers’ version of truth is not theirs. But to think this is to miss the point that there is no one singular truth and no, one singular way to it. The point is that Billy and Anais are living their truth wholeheartedly and without compromise in every aspect of their lives. They are real rebels, believing in the values of change, compassion and redemption.
The Yeagers’ protests and performance art all play their part in assuring us that the Yeagers will do anything to promote their message ‘that man must change or perish.’
Their cause is the freedom of the mind because without it, there can be no spiritual evolution.” – Verity Healey
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“I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!”

Mistakes by the press are to be expected every so often, but when a journalist lies on purpose to create a sensational story, and is callous about ruining the reputation of someone who is trying to help those who cannot help themselves, then it becomes a crime.

NPR declared:

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They Kill Mockingbirds, Don’t They?

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It was early May and already a balmy 85 degrees when I exited the plane at Ft. Lauderdale International airport at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. I was heading to a place known as Las Olas Boulevard where I would meet the buyer of the 301 Jackson St. record album.
I get a call, “Hello, it’s Dolph.” I had planned to meet him in Coral Springs at his home, but he informs me he has gone to his other home on the water about 5 miles away.
He tells me to meet him on his yacht.
Taking a right turn onto Las Olas Boulevard, I notice waterways similar to pictures I have seen of Venice. In Las Olas there are gigantic yachts, astonishing multi-million-dollar mansions and the people who live in them, such as Steven Spielberg, Gloria Vanderbilt, Dan Quayle, Connie Francis, even Johnny Weissmuller once lived there.
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I find my destination, park the car, and walk around the house heading towards the back. Facing the water, I can see Dolph sitting on the deck of his boat with dark sunglasses holding a book in his hand.
Dolph doesn’t acknowledge my presence at first, but soon he looks up and says, “Sort of like trying to find the ghost orchid, ain’t it?”
“John Laroche!” I say, “John Laroche,” says Dolph.
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I have read the book; twice, in fact.
The Orchid Thief is a story about the bizarre world of orchid collectors. The book was produced into a Hollywood movie starring Chris Cooper. Laroche was an horticulturist who was arrested for allegedly poaching wild ghost orchids while working for the Seminole natives. It is one of the most interesting stories I have ever read.
“Ghost Orchid, that’s what you’re trying to find. There exists a very rare hybrid named “X Dactyloglossum mixtum,” only 15 have been known to exist, but the record album you’re wanting to see, there are only 4, maybe only 3, and I have one of them,” says Dolph.
He takes a sip from his large margarita glass and grabs the record album that is laying beside him. “In 2005 a Shenzhen Nongke orchid was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for $202,000, it was the most expensive flower ever bought, did you know that?” “No,” I tell him. “Would you like to see it?” Dolph asks. “Are you kidding? yes!” I say. “You can’t, it’s dead,” he says, “but I will show you the 301 Jackson St. album.”
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NPR’s Andrew Flanagan states:

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Dolph has his own printed copy of the NPR and Spin articles laying on his desk. He makes himself another margarita and throws the NPR article down on the folding chair next to him.
“You see that? To Kill a Mocking Bird, isn’t it?”
I ask, “To kill a mocking bird?”

Dolph continues, “Do you remember the movie with Gregory Peck? He is telling his children about the day his father gave him his first gun. In To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atticus says, ‘Although they can shoot all the bluejays they want, they must remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
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The girl who plays Scout goes to her neighbor Maudie, who explains to Scout that mockingbirds never harm other living creatures, they only give pleasure singing their hearts out for us. That is Billy and Anais, mockingbirds, it’s a sin, and I hope your story brings justice.”
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If the name Billy Yeager rings a bell, it may be because you remember the news story about a 2500 pound grand piano that was left stranded on a sandbar in Miami Beach.

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For over 7 days the media were asking, “Who put the mysterious grand piano on the sandbar and why?” The Yeagers seized the opportunity to promote their cause.
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Their story went international when they claimed they had placed the piano on the sandbar and stated on Inside Edition, “The dilapidated piano is a reflection of today’s society, I see people living in their prisons, they just conform to the status quo, they are being controlled by the media, pop culture, politics and corporations; all the while, injustice prevails, and nobody is making the changes that I feel we need to make to make us free from this slavedom. I see the degenerate condition of society, the apathy and lethargy of people that have turned into nothing but unconscious consumers, and we are consumed by greed; these corporations have turned us into subservient slaves while we support them.
The JOM Revolution is a wake-up call to humanity.”
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After the segments fromCNN and Inside Edition were featured on live television, many people from around the world were inspired by the Yeagers’ message and became supporters of their Jom Revolution movement.

Even though it was vividly apparent that Billy Yeager and his wife were artists and activists, Spin labeled the Yeagers’ piano protest as nothing more than a hoax.
It wasn’t the first time Billy spoke out about the state of humanity and the corporatized media.
space 3In 1995 Yeager began creating his performance art and media / pop culture protests, which he documented and edited into his films, such as the time when he dyed his skin black as Jimmy Story (his character in the film Jimmy’s Story) and became “The Long Lost Son of Jimi Hendrix.”
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Yeager stated in an interview, “The media and people’s fascination with celebrities is appalling; I don’t give a rat’s ass what people think of what I do or if I piss them off, we need to wake up.”
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Fast forward to March 2017 when I saw one of the most powerful music video I have ever seen, “Wake Up People,” written and performed by Billy and Anais. 
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“Wake Up People” video was posted on YouTube over 1 year ago and only has 4300 hits.
By comparison Taylor Swift’s most recent music video “Ready For It” racked up over 35,000,000 views on its first day.
space 3The difference between the 2 music videos is comparable to fire and ice. While “Wake Up People” did not cost one single penny to produce, Taylor Swift’s music video had a multi-million dollar budget.
Daniel Nicolosi saw “Wake Up People” and posted this message on facebook:
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I truly believe we have lost sight of what is really satisfying and of what really makes us happy. I’m not trying to put anybody down or shame anybody by saying any of this — as I’m equally guilty. However for some people it is more important to have the latest new iPhone or electronic gadget, than it is too feed a child painfully and slowly starving to death, or a child bleeding to death because of yet another war over religion, oil, and profit. And for some people, it’s more important to have the latest designer jeans than it is to fight against injustice, or to stand against bloody-wars for profit (all so that we can continue to be more comfortable and take yet another selfie) while turning a blind eye to the HORRENDOUS global suffering — some of which is directly related to our own insatiable desire and greed for more and more comfort and convenience. Now that you’ve been fairly warned, I hope you will still watch this video and see if it touches you as it did me. If you feel so inclined, please share it with others.”
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The most prominent, corporate-owned media outlets heavily promoted Taylor Swift’s latest video without exception, guaranteeing it would eventually sky rocket up towards 10 of millions of YouTube hits.
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space 3Seldom does a journalist who works for the mainstream media outlets have the chance to cover a news story about an unknown artist, but when the opportunity presented itself to NPR journalists Andrew Flanagan and Jacob Ganz to inform the public about Billy Yeager, his music, films, and humanitarian efforts, they decided instead to publish and broadcast scathing and defamatory statements and depictions about him, labeling Yeager as nothing more than a charlatan, who invests all his time in creating purposeless hoaxes because he is obsessed with infamy and attention.
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Veteran media commentator Raymond Snoddy says: “What we’ve seen this year is that ‘mainstream media’ has changed from a general description into a term of abuse. We’ve seen trust in media ebb and flow over many years but there’s been nothing like this before. These new outlets have no sense of journalistic principles and ethics – of fact-checking and at least trying to get it objectively right.”

NPR and Spin cynically and maliciously distorted the truth and fabricated false information.

space 3“Glitter and obscene excess, side by side with unspeakable suffering brought down on a dying world; this is what I see in the films and videos that the Yeagers fearlessly continue to produce in the face of a hostile political and commercial network, which apparently thinks nothing of using a hastily constructed and poorly documented non-story to bring them down. This type of story brings the haters and trolls out of the woodwork too, and reading the comments to both stories was nauseating.” – Dan Mage

Defamation

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The stories by NPR and Spin elicited extremely negative comments from users on facebook and twitter, even comparing Yeager to Charles Manson.
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What is the Truth?

“There is no question that Andrew and Andy watched ‘Wake Up People’ and understood the message that the Yeagers have been trying to convey with their art as activists and humanitarians, but they purposely buried it and refused to share it; they wrote extremely biased articles.” – Damon Blalack
The Yeagers are concerned about the injustices in the world and today’s most serious issues such as starvation, torture, innocent people being imprisoned, child labor, sex trafficking and the U.S.’s refusal to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.

The Yeagers believe that we are not free to help those in need, or not, as we please; that it is our duty as individuals to rise towards our highest ideals and purpose. The music video “Wake Up People” reveals this.

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Dan Myrick / Filmmaker / Creator of The Blair Witch Project
“Billy was always a very spiritual guy, a lot of his music reflected that, and you see the spirituality underpinning the movie Jimmy’s Story, you can see this guy’s got a spiritual component to him, so I am not surprised he took that road.
Billy’s revealing so much about these people, the human condition, and pointing out some of the hypocrisies that we swim in everyday, so there’s a grander purpose there.
I do feel that he feels that he’s for a grander mission in life; whether you agree with it or not, or agree with his grand mission is sort of irrelevant, at least he has one, which is more than I can say for 99.9 percent of the people out there.” – Dan Myrick

March 23rd 2017

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Alice! Help!

Smells like Sensationalism.
NPR ethics states: We avoid hyperbole and sensational conjecture.

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What a bunch of gibberish!
When I typed Billy Yeager into google and landed on his official website, I did not find myself “Not in control, like Alice chasing the rabbit, like a dog chasing a car.” What I discovered was a professional website, laid out with clear and concise information about the artist, his films, and music, all of it verifiable.
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What I also found out was that, for over 25 years, Yeager has been challenging the status quo.

And God sends a prophet

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Billy Yeager defies categories, he is a renaissance man, a maverick, a rebel with a cause, a man on a mission to change the world.
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“Billy Yeager and his wife Anais exude a strong sense of dedication to their mission, a sense of compassion, love and peace, and are a couple of the most beautiful souls I have had the privilege of experiencing.
Like John the Baptizer, Billy is an out-of-the box prophetic voice whose art sometimes gets right into your face.
The fact is that Billy and Anais have produced and created film and music which challenges our culture as well as our current programming.” – Tim Lytlespace 3
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Mel Lockhart is a jazz guitarist from Colorado. He has played with artists such as Phyllis Diller, Don Ellis and legendary guitarist Michael Hedges. Mel was chosen to be one of the guitarists to perform with the Yeagers at their benefit concerts.space 3“The music business is about how low you can go; it’s just music pornography, people like Miley Cyrus, it’s sad unfortunately, it’s taking a beautiful thing, this art form, and stomping on it in the dirt, and that seems to be the mind set of today’s people. All you need to do is get 1% lie in there and you killed the truth; so it’s not unusual that they kill the prophet, Billy could be one of them, the prophet is not always welcome. I believe in what Billy is doing, I was just about ready to throw in the towel, but I heard Billy and it reignited the passion.” – Mel Lockhart

Are we losing our humanity?

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We are witnessing a massive attack on humanity by the media who uses deceptive tactics to divert our attention (from serious issues), bombarding us to death with trivial news, gossip and celebrities, and hysteria news that create confusion, fear, and division among people. The media should receive an academy award for breaking down the moral values of society. Given the scope of recent news headlines, fake news, contradictions, apologies, retractions, one may well ask, “. . . tell me where is sanity . . . ?” (Rock band Ten Years After – “I’d Love to Change the World” 1971.)
“The constant interruptions and distractions of our society are, to me, the opposite of philosophy. Getting caught up in minutiae. Getting caught up in things that don’t matter. Getting caught up in things that are designed to exploit and antagonize us and our emotions.
The same goes for every other publisher or platform. Television doesn’t want you to get up and take action, they want you to sit through the commercial break. A news outlet doesn’t want you to be so outraged by an article that you do something, that you decide to change the world, they want you to be so outraged that you sign a Change.org petition and then consider it a job well done.” – Ryan Holiday 
It should be noted that the music news being reported by NPR and Spin, is not any different than what the blundering mainstream media reports.
Take a look at these “news items” published by Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush.
Spin’s Andy Cush wants people to know about Taylor Swift being transported in a suitcase:
This morning, the internet received a tremendous gift in the form of a photo that purported to show two burly men transporting Taylor Swift “in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment into her truck, in the trunk.”
Update! Now, we are sorry to report, Splash is retracting its claim that Taylor was inside that huge suitcase.“I literally just put the phone down from someone on Taylor’s camp,” a Splash representative said when contacted by SPIN this afternoon. It was good while it lasted. – Andy Cush
Does anyone believe this garbage? So Andy Cush is just wasting his time and everyone’s time, while tens of thousands of unknown musicians and songwriters are stuck like a sitting duck on indie music sites such as Bandcamp, iTunes, and Myspace, just waiting and hoping to be discovered. Randomly pick any band on these sites, and listen to one of their songs and you will hear good music and musicianship, meaningful lyrics, but this is the crap that is fed into society; thanks Andy Cush, nice “cushy job.”
Taylor Swift's security guards are seen moving a huge case into the truck of an awaiting SUV.

Half of planet earth lives on 2.50 cents per day.

There are over 219 million children working as child labor, working no less than 10 hours a day with not one single day off.

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“Here’s Andrew!”

NPR’s Andrew Flanagan wants the public to know how popular “Beyonce’s Pregnancy Photo” is.

One Photo And Just A Few Words: How Completely Did Beyoncé Dominate The Internet?

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Andrew Flanagan writes: “In the first 45 minutes after it was posted, it had generated half a million tweets, topping out at 17,000 a minute.”

Andrew even includes a graph in his news report:

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Here is another graph:

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One in seven people on earth does not have electricity, one in six people on earth lives in a slum, one in seven persons on earth goes to bed hungry.

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  • Over 1,700 millionaires are being made each day in the U.S.
  • About 29,000 children under the age of five – 21 each minute – die every day.
  • The entire beauty industry is worth an astounding $382 billion globally.
  • Millennials spent $26 billion on Diamonds in 2015 alone, more than any other single generation.
  • An estimated one million diamond diggers in Africa earn less than a dollar a day and 46% of miners were between the ages of 5 and 16.
  • There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.
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  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, 80% are female and half are children.
  • The sex industry sells children from as young as 5 years old.
  • The production costs for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show was over $10 million, making it the most expensive Super Bowl halftime show to date.
These are the issues and injustices that concern the Yeagers, and that is the reason why they are fighting like Rebels With a Cause.
For over a year, Billy and Anais were producing their What 4? benefit concert and performance art theater play that was supposed to raise over $600,000 to provide wheelchairs for landmine victims.
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There are an estimated 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground and another 250 million stockpiled around the world.
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Because of the stories published by NPR and Spin the concerts had to be cancelled making it impossible for the Yeagers to be able to do any charity work as artists again.
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“I run a non-profit, I teach high risk kids how to play music, Guitars not Guns, it’s not about what you put out there, but what you want to leave.
Billy and I are 60 year old men now, we’ve got nothing to prove, we’re more about what is going on inside than what is going on outside.
As a kid, he was just fearless, I was inspired by his fearlessness.
There is only fear and love, look around, and it takes light workers, people like Billy, myself and others, we are not caught up with this world, we are warriors; Billy and I, we read the same books, we still talk, about why we are really here, what this life is really about, we’re on the same path.
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I look at Billy like a type of Prince, his own shift maker; he is up for waking people up, and to me he’s a hero; he is always doing something controversial, he doesn’t give a shit. He’s brilliant, he’s been like that since he was a kid, it is part of his artistic genius.
I don’t think he would have been as effective of a human being if he did become a big rock star; this is why he’s here.” – Jimi Ruccolo

THE MEDIA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

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“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth.”– John Swinton
Consider this quote from John Swinton, former managing editor at The New York Times:
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone, and if any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions you would be out on the streets looking for another job.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” – John Swinton

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76 percent of people surveyed in 2014 believed the media does not tell the truth.
space 3A recent Gallup poll found that Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history.
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More and more people are becoming aware that the owners of large media outlets have their own agendas and that sensationalism sells.
space 3New Yorker Magazine sent a questionnaire to 113 colleagues working in print, television, and digital media, asking that they would use the opportunity to air their grievances and bare their souls, while promising anonymity, in exchange for candid answers to some uncomfortable questions.
One of those questions was, “What is the worst sin you have committed as a journalist or as a person in the journalism business?”
Here are just a few of the top answers:
  • Relentless focus on traffic.
  • Being closed-minded and failing to question my own biases.
  • Ignoring a possible story because the source didn’t reflect the qualities I’d like.
  • Being in a hurry to beat my competitors and get my story published first.
  • An anonymous publisher admitted,“This is the lecture I give to my reporters: Nobody has time to read. So you need to give them an overwhelming reason to read your piece. You need to grab them by the face and pull them in, and cover them in the hot stinky garlic breath of journalism.”

The Media fabricates news and lies

CNN: Tom Petty’s daughter angered over early, inaccurate death report.

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A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the 66-year-old entertainer was still alive at the time, and news outlets that announced his death Monday were forced to retract their stories.
Anna Kim Violet Petty featured a post with a blistering message to Rolling Stone magazine, which reported Petty had died on Monday afternoon.space 3“How dare you report that my father has died. My dad is not dead yet but your f***ing magazine is,” the post read.

The Media is Controlled

A recent example: Harvey Weinstein and Variety Magazine.

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In the mid-1990s, a young reporter at the entertainment trade magazine Variety pitched a story at the weekly meeting that would’ve made Harvey Weinstein look bad.
But Peter Bart, the magazine’s powerful editor-in-chief, shut that story down instantly saying nothing like this would happen again, stating that “We don’t do those kinds of stories about Miramax.”
space 3Another former Variety employee said, “You’d never find a critical piece about Harvey or about his company, which at the time was Miramax, in the paper. You just wouldn’t, it almost became the unspoken rule.”
One former Variety staffer said Bart’s focus was on sales, “Ultimately, that’s what he cared about, it was about not upsetting one of his major advertisers.”
There was a time when it was impossible to sift through an issue of Variety without being overwhelmed with Miramax advertisements.
The New York Times stated that Miramax had purchased over 40% of all Oscar ads in Variety’s weekly edition.
The end result was an editorial product that left many employees working under Bart feeling journalistically compromised, “There was never anything bad said about Harvey Weinstein.”

NPR: “All things considered”

Let’s consider their funding. (From: How Do I Hate NPR? Let Me Count the Ways)

So NPR is better than the rest, because it is publicly funded, right?
Not so according to Glenn Garvin, who had this to say about NPR’s public funding:

“National Public Radio is not any different from any other government or corporate owned mainstream news company.”

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NPR officials insist that the outside funding has no impact on the way they report the news, and also claim that less than 3 percent of its funding comes from the federal government which is accepted as gospel almost everywhere.
But what that figure really represents is a clever bookkeeping trick.
In 1987, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—the quasi-independent organization in charge of distributing the annual $300-million-plus federal subsidy to public broadcasting—stopped funding NPR directly and started giving the money directly to public radio stations, which then hand it back to NPR in the form of “dues.” That covers about two-thirds of NPR’s $46 million annual budget.
Here is a list of “some of those sponsors”: CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENHANCE
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Then there’s the matter of that $198 million satellite NPR uses to distribute its programming: yup, paid for with tax dollars. (NPR also makes a nice chunk of change by renting out the satellite’s excess capacity to a private paging company.)
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And without taxpayer dollars, there wouldn’t be any public stations to run NPR’s programs. Of the total $377 million spent on public radio in fiscal 1991, nearly half was provided by local, state, and federal government. Taxes are the lifeblood of the entire industry.
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I wonder what the founders would have said back in 1970 if they’d been told that someday NPR would have a science reporter paid for by Hewlett-Packard?
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“Thank you for shining a light on NPR VERY WORST of these psychopaths, running a steady stream of corporate advertising on air, while simultaneously begging for your $$ in dog and pony show weekly “fund raising” and floating the myth of being “commercial free” I’d say that they are the MOST connected to the shadow government, with snarky, elite, entitled, “educated” propagandists delivering the “news” to their entitled audience.” – Anonymous Person
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“The board of directors? Gimme a break. The guy who owns the outlet determines policy and content – that’s why he owns it, so he can control it. This power to mold public opinion is bartered for ‘favors’ among ‘friends’ – it is the essential tool of spin-control.” – Frank Zappa

The Illusion

In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies, in 2011, that same 90% was controlled by 6 companies.

space 3In 1998 musician, filmmaker and activist Frank Zappa had this to say about the media:
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“The media keeps me from getting my point of view across, the more abstract and weird they make me look, the less access that I have to a normal channel of communication with the people who might benefit from what I have to say.” – Frank Zappa

space 3Who is the Fraud?

Being a journalist in today’s world confers on you a unique responsibility as well as a unique opportunity for preserving the evolutionary integrity of the human experiment.
The “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Journalists should try to convey a fair and reliable account of the meaning of the facts, subject to further investigation.

Meet Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush

Andy and Andrew stated:
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NOT TRUE.

A simple search revealed 7 music videos by Billy Yeager.
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One of those music videos was “Wake Up People” (which was posted on YouTube and Vimeo), and I wasn’t the only one that discovered this, so did this guy HERE
The video had been uploaded only 3 days before Christmas, on December 22nd, 2016, exactly 3 months before both media outlets published their stories.

Why did both Spin and NPR deliberately choose not to mention or feature Wake Up People?

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It is very obvious that neither journalist wanted to refer to Yeager as an artist, activist, or humanitarian because they had an agenda, and painting Yeager as an insane, cryptic, and farcical character would make for a “better story,” in fact, Andy Cush’s story continues to be featured on the front page as “Editor’s Pick,” go figure.

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Neither NPR nor Spin published one positive statement about Billy or his work. Both media outlets purposely belittled everything Billy has created and accomplished in the last 40 years as an artist.

Both Jacob Ganz and Andrew Flanagan defamed Yeager on NPR’s program All Things Considered (“…the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country…” – NPR)
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NPR’s broadcasts are heard world-wide. According to Nielsen Audio ratings, the total weekly listeners for all programming on NPR stations reached an all-time high of about 37.4 million in the fall of 2016.
Andrew Flanagan’s story incited comments like the one below – laundering money, BTW, is a crime! This gives one a clear indication of how someone’s reputation can be seriously destroyed by the press.
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After slandering Billy Yeager, Jacob and Andrew segue into their next story about their “musical idol,” Kendrick Lamar.

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“Go tell your mama this dick ain’t for free, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t, this dick ain’t for free.” – Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar

The most appalling remark made during the NPR radio broadcast was made by NPR’s Audie Cornish.

After bashing Billy Yeager Audie Cornish segues into the segment about rapper Kendrick Lamar stating:
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“Alright, well the kicker this week is new music from somebody who HAS earned their success, right?”              – Audie Cornish
Emphasis on “who HAS earned their success.”
What are you implying Audie, that Yeager hasn’t earned anything, except in your opinion just to be ridiculed?
Let’s take a look at the lyrics by the artist that you say has earned his success.

Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar:

I just fucked what’s her name and you ain’t even know it

She got a censored tattoo and you ain’t even know it

Too many bitches got rabies,

And I hate a ho-hoppin’ woman,

Stank pussy-poppin’ woman,

You fuckin’ fool don’t know about you,

But my dick need 70 years on it.

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“All my life I want money and power, respect my mind or die from lead shower, I pray my dick get big as Eiffel Tower, so I can fuck the world for 72 hours.” (Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar).

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Ethics Handbook:
“Our journalism is most valuable when we marry important truths with engaging narrative. We take enormous pride in the craftsmanship of our storytelling and in the quality of the words, sounds and images we use to help illuminate the world. When we edit, it is to add impact and clarity to our journalism — never to slant or distort. We don’t allow what is sensational to obscure what is significant. We aspire to tell stories that rise above the maudlin and mundane, avoiding shallow sentimentality. Above all, we do our best to faithfully and powerfully convey the truth.”
I smell something foul.
On Wikipedia it states that Audie Cornish is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
I cannot believe Audie Cornish’s condescending attitude towards Yeager; I suppose that artists like Kendrick Lamar are the ones that Audie Cornish admires.
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space 3I was mortified while listening to the Kendrick Lamar version of the song UOENO:

“Put Molly (the drug) all in her champagne—she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that—she ain’t even know it.”

Did he just say what I think he did?
You’ve drugged a woman, kidnapped her, and raped her, while she was unconscious?
With the recent headlines about Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, ETC, including NPR’s own Michael Oreskes whom chief executive Jarl Mohn kept on the job for months despite knowing about three sexual harassment complaints, I find it beyond disturbing that NPR is supporting such an artist.

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A sample of “sounds and images we use to help illuminate the world”that NPR is promoting:

Below is another music video I found, published on March 26, 2012, proving again that both NPR and Spin lied when they stated:
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“Little Train” must not have been vulgar enough to merit any recognition from NPR’s music team and Audie Cornish.
The lyrics of the song tell the story of an imaginary world, a place where the little things matter the most.
Miami New Times music journalist Greg Baker has always believed in Yeager’s music, films and message.
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“If you’re going to look at motives, I am more fond of Billy’s agenda, he has a purpose, spiritual, cultural, social, at least he’s trying to do something positive, not just make more money. If you’re going to make comparisons, he has a stronger case, more legitimacy than the rest of that stuff out there.”   – Greg Baker

Despite of what transpired from the stories by NPR and Spin, Baker feels that the final outcome of the 301 Jackson St. record album will be a positive one for Billy and will shed a new light about today’s bad journalism.
“These negative articles that supposedly blew up in Billy’s face, I don’t think they did, I think they did just what they are suppose to do (expose the hypocrisy of the media?). Check your resources, do your work, don’t just jump. He’s a totally serious guy, he’s a serious filmmaker? Then he’s a serious filmmaker, end of story.” – Greg Baker 
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Where does the media get this crap?

kendrick-lamar-cover-bb1-2015-billboard-510The affirmation “Kendrick Lamar may be the greatest rapper alive and the most celebrated male musician on the planet,” was from another journalist who works at NPR; his name is Otis Hart.
Here it is again, only this time it is USA Today quoting Billboard Magazine senior editor Alex Gale who said, “He’s absolutely one of the best, and you could make the argument for the best artist of the 21st century.”
There are literally 100s of these to be found online.

“Scripted” by Public Relation Firms.

With $35 billion in annual revenue, the big three PRP firms (Omnicom, WPP, and Interpublic Group —together employed 214,000 people across 170 countries), are key components of the transnational capitalist class. The PRP industry’s primary goal is the promotion of capital growth through hegomonic psychological control of human desires, emotions, beliefs, and values by massively influencing the world with their propaganda.
In 2003, an article from the Guardian conservatively estimated that 50-80% of news and business stories originated from Public Relations firms who create specific stories to support the capitalist elites’ goals and interests.
If you find this hard to swallow, simply watch the video below, then ask yourself:

What IS going on?

IMG_20170412_185749_2“The powers that be, decide who “makes it.” They can go into any neighborhood, find the next guy standing outside of Piggly Wigglys, with a rhyming dictionary, and make him their stereotypical gangstaboy, who will become the next puppet and poster child . Rap (and hip-hop) are being used as a selling tool of a thug-lifestyle, it is a huge promotional tool for incarceration and imprisonment, infiltrating the ghetto with drugs, crack, crappy music that promotes cheating, lying, and laying with every whore you can find. Make babies, increase population, enter a world of crime, go to prison, make white man rich. Music industry executives are heavily invested in private prisons, they promote gangsta rap to influence young people to get into a life of crime leading to higher incarceration which increases profits for investors, that’s all. The white elite capitalize on the black man and also the white boy, who thinks, “If I turn up my radio loud enough with my gansta rap music,” when he arrives at the gym, and parks next to the girl with the tattoos, nose piercing, and pregnant pit bull in her back seat, he’s gonna connect and get a piece of ass, cause they are two peas in a pod. Look around. It is all manipulated and induced on the public, and it’s working.” –Dolph

They say a picture is worth a thousand words:

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Here is another picture:



Karen from Damon on Vimeo.

NPR’s “Mission” and Hypocrisy.

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Our Mission

  1. Our purpose is to pursue the truth. 2. Diligent verification is critical. 3. We take great care to ensure that statements of fact in our journalism are both correct and in context. 4. In our reporting, we rigorously challenge both the claims we encounter and the assumptions we bring. 5. We devote our resources and our skills to presenting the fullest version of the truth we can deliver, placing the highest value on information we have gathered and verified ourselves.
  • 1. Truth was not pursued
  • 2. No verification
  • 3. Statements were incorrect and taken out of context
  • 4. Claims encountered were not challenged
  • 5. Clearly biased: by omission, by selection of sources, by story selection, by labeling, and by spin

Below is the Yeagers’ mission statement, which is posted on the Jesus of Malibu website:

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Credit: www.jesusofmalibu.com

This mission statement was posted in 2006 and has never been changed.

But NPR stated:

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“It’s been said there are three types of people in the world, there are sheep, there are wolves, and there are sheep dogs.
The majority of people tend to be the sheep, comfortable in their surroundings, blissfully unaware of the financial trappings of their existence, and content to avoid the unpleasantries of the world.
There are the wolves of the world that prey on the sheep for the purposes of power, greed and any form of personal gain. Although not nearly as many as there are sheep, the wolves wield a much greater power than the unsuspecting sheep.
And finally, there are the sheep dogs. The protectors of the sheep. The ones that are willing to meet the wolves on their own terms and attack them. The ones that are willing to present the horrors that wolves will bestow upon the sheep, even if there’s no audience that cares to listen. Billy Yeager is one of this world’s sheep dogs.” – Ken Jenkins

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If NPR wants to help “illuminate the world,” why did they choose to hide the truth, and lie about Billy Yeager’s work, mission and purpose?

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

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“Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don’t believe in the good old words anymore because we don’t believe in the good old values anymore. And that’s why the world is sick.” – Lin Yutang

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Andy likes to “tweet” his feature articles, but he likes to also share his own personal thoughts for the day.

Perhaps this gives people a better perspective of why Andy was not interested in writing about Yeager’s spiritual path:

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Andy tweets an image of an abused pig and places his name right on the ass. I find this sad.

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I don’t understand why someone would post these type of messages on their twitter. To me it seems like Andy Cush has a regular habit of self deprecation, belittling himself as a type of hobby.

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For some peculiar reason, on August 29th, Andrew wants his followers on twitter to know that Jesus’ resurrection is something to laugh-out-loud about.

Andrew writes: “C u “see you” in three days lol”

Something to laugh-out-loud about? Am I the only one who doesn’t get it?

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Perhaps this gives people a better perspective of why Andrew was not interested in Billy’s spiritual endeavors either.

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Andy Cush and Andrew Flanagan appear to be two examples of today’s desensitized, hedonistic-urbane, and ultra-hip millennial “me, myself and I” generation. Millennials are known as the most cynical and distrusting generation ever recorded in history.

Alexis Bloomer gives her two cents on her generation

Millennial journalist Alexis Bloomer recorded a video a message to her generation that was viewed by over 41 million people:
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“We’re just existing, we’re not really contributing anything to society, we listen to really obscene music that degrades women and pretty much glorifies drugs and crime, we idolize people like Kim Kardashian, and then we shame people like Tim Tebow.space 3We’re lazy, spending time online “making friends” instead of “actually building relationships, and place too much value in Facebook’s “relationships appearance” and how many followers they generate.” – Alexis Bloomerspace 3

Something stinks.

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Tabloidization by media scholar Frank Esser:
In the digital age, it’s about getting views and shares. But the same rule applies as it has for more than a hundred years of tabloid press; you make up BS to get people’s attention.

Never mind that it’s not true, and that you’re violating fundamental journalistic standards by spreading lies—you need readers and will do anything to get them.space 3The Truth about the Media and their Lies.

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Ryan Holiday’s book, “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator,” offers a penetrating look at the incentives of media.

Holiday, himself, is a practitioner of the dark arts of media manipulation and uses these techniques to make a living.

“Usually, it is a simple hustle,” Holiday writes. “Someone pays me, I manufacture a story for them, and we trade it up the chain — from a tiny blog to Gawker to a website of a local news network to the Huffington Post to the major newspapers to cable news and back again, until the unreal becomes real. Sometimes I start by planting a story. Sometimes I put out a press release or ask a friend to break a story on their blog. Sometimes I ‘leak’ a document. Sometimes I fabricate a document and leak that. Really, it can be anything, from vandalizing a Wikipedia page to producing an expensive viral video. However the play starts, the end is the same: The economics of the Internet are exploited to change public perception — and sell product.”
By the way, Andy Cush worked as a writer at Gawker.
Why was Gawker shut down?
A defamation lawsuit that busted them flat.
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Goodbye lying news media outlets, one down, and more to go.

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Jimmy’s Story film by Billy Yeager

From an article by Damon Blalack and Dennis Young: Read the whole article HERE

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Yeager becomes a filmmaker

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Credit: billyyeager.com / Scene from the film Jimmy’s Story

Back in 1995, after 25 years of filming, Yeager created the final act for his movie Jimmy’s Story. Billy Yeager, as Jimmy Story, dyed his skin black and composed music that was supposed to be the “Lost Bolero Tapes” by Jimi Hendrix, becoming “The Long Lost Son of Jimi Hendrix.”

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space 3The music was astonishing. Jimi Hendrix’s drummer Mitch Mitchell stated:

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“Working with Jimi, listening to him jam, rehearse, write music, I know if I hear a song that was composed by Hendrix; I can tell instantly, from phrasing, chord structures, movements from bridge to chorus, etc. I can tell you, these songs cannot be faked.

Jimi was working on music before he died called the Bolero Tapes. If this is the music and this is his son, from the musical stand point, there is no question about it. You can fake a guitar, maybe a little of his voice, but lyrics, and melody, it’s not possible, from what I hear this kid is the real deal.” – Mitch Mitchell

Yeager spent 3 months filming his Jimmy Story Performance Art and Media Protest (and also the behind-the-scenes), which was going to be edited at the end of his film.

Billy had begun filming Jimmy’s Story in the 1970s. By 1996 he had over 200 hours of video footage.

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“Billy Yeager’s Jimmy’s Story shows not only the trials and tribulations of the journey of trying to make it into the music industry, but also the triviality of the whole idea of becoming “somebody” special, of being a “star”. The film captures reflections of his childhood and the words of wisdom from his father, Ray Yeager.” – Aaron Morris / Miami International Film Festival.

Jimmy’s Story / The Movie

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Jimmy’s Story – Part 1 was completed in 1996. The film was first discovered by Award Winning filmmaker Rick Mckay who produced and directed the award winning documentary film Broadway The Golden Years.

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Rick McKay was staying at the Gulf Stream Hotel in Lake Worth, Florida, while he was attending the premiere of his film Broadway the Golden Age at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.

Rick had just finished his breakfast, when he walked outside and saw Billy Yeager walking down the sidewalk heading towards the beach.

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Rick introduced himself and told Billy about his film Broadway The Golden Age and asked him if he could watch Jimmy’s Story. Later that day Billy dropped off a VHS copy of his movie at the Gulf Stream Hotel for Rick and forgot all about it.

A week later Rick told Billy he had secretly submitted Jimmy’s Story to the director of the Dahlonega International Film Festival, Dean Treadway.

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Dean Treadway instantly fell in love with Jimmy’s Story and was already planning to award the film in several categories.

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“Out of the 700 films submitted, Jimmy’s Story is the one that moved me most to tears of joy and frustration.” – Dean Treadway

space 3Dean called Billy wanting to know if he would be attending the festival, but he was also hoping that Yeager would want to speak with other filmmakers at film panels and seminars about the making of his film.

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Jimmy’s Story received an unprecedented 4 awards with standing ovations — it was evident that Yeager had created something revolutionary and profound.

space 3Jimmy’s Story is a combination of several film genres: documentary, mockumentarypseudo-documentarydocufictioncinema verite. The term “mockumentary,” which originated in the 1960s, was popularized in the mid-1980s when Rob Reiner used the term to describe the film This is Spinal Tap.

Mockumentaries are often partly or wholly improvised as an unscripted style of acting, which helps to maintain the pretense of reality (while mockumentaries are usually comedic, pseudo-docu are their dramatic equivalents). Docufiction is a documentary contaminated with fictional elements. Cinéma vérité incorporates natural actions and authentic dialogue into the films, which shows people in day to day lives.

Yeager broke all the rules when he not only intertwined documentary with mockumentary, pseudo-docu, and docufiction, but also combined a hybrid of an expository docu-style of cinéma vérité improv, creating a film like no other.

Yeager’s film has verisimilitude, yet at the same time it is an enigma, camouflaged with hidden riddles and parables. Although Yeager was only a freshman in filmmaking he felt that public’s perception still needed to be challenged, and rules needed to be broken. The people I spoke with that have seen Jimmy’s Story agree that the film can be likened to a riddle within a riddle and the conclusion is always the same, what is Truth?

Jimmy’s Story has been described as “a tour de force” and “epic in scale.”

Dean Treadway (director at the DIFF Film Festival) stated, “This great film, this near masterpiece of amateur filmmaking, a Sundance reject that deserves to tower above most of their eventual winners, is about one man’s perseverance in believing that there is a better future out there, one that has him doing exactly what he feels he’s meant to do.”

In Dean Treadway’s 2003, The Year in Review, he lists Jimmy’s Story as one of the best films of 2003, alongside other highly acclaimed films such as The Barbarian Invasions, 21 Grams, Mystic River, A Decade Under The Influence, Kill Bill, and The Corporation.

That is quite an honor — especially considering this was Yeager’s first film.

But Andrew Flanagan, who never watched Jimmy’s Storyor Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma, was coaxing his readers into believing Jimmy’s Story was just a “roughshod and chaotic,” insignificant film, “with the Jimmy Story “hoax” as its centrifugal force.”

The truth about the centrifugal force in Yeager’s film would shock these liars.

The fact is, the finished version of Yeager’s film is 2 hours and 10 minutes, and the character Jimmy Story is only featured in the film for 12 minutes.

Jimmy’s Story begins with a quote from the book of Ecclesiastes, and ends with a quote from Ecclesiastes; the centrifugal force of this film is a man’s desire to discover the meaning and purpose of life.

Although references have been made about Yeager being some kind of prophet, and scriptures are mentioned throughout his films, and on the back covers of his record albums from 30 years ago, Yeager subscribes to no label or isms, and does not adhere to any form of organized religion.

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Credit: Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma Movie / Jimmy Story and The Old Gang

It is baffling how NPR made such statements about something they didn’t know.

In 1997 Billy began filming Jimmy’s Story Part 2. TodayJimmy’s Story is considered to be an underground cult classic — more so perhaps, because the film soundtrack includes the Jimi Hendrix’s Lost Bolero Tapes.

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Yeager’s film Jimmy’s Story gained the attention of one of the most powerful men in independent film, John Pierson. John had previously discovered Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater — he had also repped and sold films, such as Roger and Me and She’s Gotta Have It, at the Sundance Film Festival.

John produced a segment about “The Making of Jimmy’s Story” featuring it on his television show Split Screen.

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Credit: Split Screen

Dan Myrick, renowned co-creator and director of the The Blair Witch Project, was hired to film and edit the segment, which was a big hit on Bravo television.

Dan and Billy became instant friends. Throughout the years Myrick has been a stalwart supporter of Yeager and his work.

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Credit: Time / Newsweek / Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez and their Blair Witch Project phenomenon

Activist / Performance Artist

evidence-bwDue to the stories published by XS magazine and the Miami Herald, Billy Yeager’s Illegitimate Long Lost Son of Jimi Hendrixperformance art could be misconstrued by some as nothing more than a superficial prank. But underneath the ludicrous exterior, the musician propping himself up as the joker, making the audience laugh, was in fact not a joke at all; Jimmy Storywas a protest statement against our superficial pop culture and the mainstream media that turns a blind eye, and dupes people, by publishing sensational stories.

space 3No matter how ridiculous a story is, as long as they can create headlines, it’s “fit to print.”

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XS Magazine Retraction / Credit: http://www.billyyeager.com

 

When Yeager revealed himself to be Jimmy Story, XS magazine and the Miami Herald were not interested in the meaning of his performance artwork, or the fact that the whole performance had been documented to be featured in his film Jimmy’s Story.

Instead they chose to publish stories referring to Jimmy Story as nothing more than a hoax, and labeling Yeager as a fraud.

When Yeager’s critics demanded an explanation for “his hoax,” Yeager took it even further with his performance art. Rather than trying to prove his case, in “classic Yeager style,” he answered with a defiant rebuttal, leaving the journalists even more perplexed.space 3NPR and Spin wrote their stories as if they had discovered “a hidden secret” about Yeager that nobody knew.

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But there was no hidden secret, in fact, it was clearly explained on Billy Yeager’s website that Jimmy Story was a fictional character in the film Jimmy’s Story; towards the end of the film, Jimmy Story, inspired by the movie Tootsie, creates his performance artwork with a very specific meaning and purpose; through his film Billy was trying to deliver a powerful message about the media and our culture’s obsession with fame and celebrities.

XS magazine and the Miami Herald ignored this truth over 22 years ago for several reasons, and with reckless disregard for the truth, NPR and Spin also chose to ignore these facts.

Both journalists for NPR and Spin were zealous about using the Miami Herald’s article (and its outlandish red herring synthetic “staged hoax” headlines and defamatory statements) as the basis for their stories, and created an even worse disheveled piece of yellow journalism.

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Credit: Glenn DeRosa

 

Glenn DeRosa is an environmental consultant and the owner of Waste to Energies, an alternative energy company located in Boston, MA.

space 3Glenn has known Billy since they were 12 years old, and he began promoting him when he was 15, booking Billy for concerts at Florida’s local surf clubs back in 1972.

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Credit: Glenn DeRosa / Billy Yeager (left) with his band in Ft. Lauderdale, 1972

space 3Back in the 1980s, DeRosa was the owner of the Ace Advertising Agency, which booked gigs for many South Florida bands in local nightclubs. Glenn was the exclusive booking agent for both Billy Yeager and Johnny Depp from 1982-1983.

“The Miami Herald wrote that Billy Yeager claimed the hoax executed for attention, but we never said that. We explained to the Herald that it was performance art, and it was going to be edited into the film, it was not a publicity stunt, the truth was totally distorted.

When Billy reached out to me to play the manager in the film Jimmy’s Story, I was running 3 businesses, I had a wife, two children, I would not have become a part of a hoax and jeopardized my career.

Billy and I had these meetings every week, we would go over his notes and editing decisions, every person involved with film in South Florida, filmmakers such as Elliott Merles, friends, family, everyone knew he had a masterpiece in the making.”

– Glenn DeRosa

The Miami Herald wrote:

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“They said we were ‘taking the hoax to Europe.’ I never said that, that is a lie. I mentioned Europe because I had an associate that wanted to bring Jimmy’s Story to the Cannes Film Festival, but notice how they twisted it? How could you ‘take a hoax to Europe’? If there is a hoax, doesn’t everyone know there is a hoax, especially since the Herald just announced it?” – Glenn DeRosa

But journalist John Barry “believed” Billy Yeager’s Jimmy Story should be taken “very seriously” and felt it was necessary to contact the State’s Attorney to ask if a crime had been committed.

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Credit: www.billyyeager.com / The Miami Herald’s article

The Miami Herald wrote: “The state attorney’s Dade Crime Unit says Yeager and DeRosa broke no laws by fooling the media.”

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Glenn DeRosa: “Calling the state’s attorney was ludicrous in my opinion. When that story was published my office was located in Miami Beach at that time, just a few blocks away. I went right into their offices and demanded that the article be retracted. I said, ‘These are lies, you knew Billy was making a film.’ They gave me the run around and said they would publish a retraction, but they never did.”

 

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Credit: South Florida’s weekly XS Magazine

 

The article about  Jimmy Story created quite a buzz, but 2 days later XS magazine had to publish a retraction.

Bob Weinberg was the journalist that wrote the feature article “Voodoo Child,” the story behind the secret son of Jimi Hendrix.

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Credit: Bunny Yeager

 

“Undoubtedly, Story’s guitar playing is extraordinary. It’s certainly influenced, if not genetically driven, by Hendrix. It’s Story’s voice that is most convincing, a deep, mumbling inflection that will cause most listeners to do a double-take.” – Bob Weinberg / XS Magazine

The managing editor at XS magazine told Bob to contact Yeager immediately and find out what he had hoped to accomplish with his hoax.

Billy and Bob Weinberg spent the entire day and early evening together. Yeager explained the role of the Jimmy Story performance art within the context of the movie; he even showed Bob some raw footage from Jimmy’s Story, and also played him some music from The Lost Bolero Tapes.

“When Bob Weinberg returned with his follow up story, he explained to his editors that Billy had been making a film, and also that he was a pretty kool guy; Bob personally felt that there was no harm done, and this really upset his editors.

They made the decision to replace Bob, and assigned another journalist to get “the facts.” They brought in a hard-nosed female reporter who agreed to meet Billy, and right from the get go, things did not go well.” – Glenn DeRosa 

Yeager walks out of the interview

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XS magazine’s publishers and editors were well aware that Jimmy Story was in no way Jimi Hendrix’s illegitimate child. Had they really believed this, they would have at least made calls to the Jimi Hendrix’s Estate and would have held their story from the public until they had confirmed from a reliable source that there was perhaps a remote possibility, but none of that was done. Instead they featured Yeager on the front cover, in a very poor makeup job, wearing black shoe polish, and a homemade outfit with the XS emblem stamped all over it. They also knew that Glenn DeRosa was filming Yeager’s interview with XS, and that Yeager and DeRosa had been seen around town for weeks filming Jimmy Story in staged scenes with other actors; one of those scenes was filmed at a well known nightclub only 2 blocks away from XS’s offices.

It was apparent that they chose to play along (as they later stated in an interview with the Miami Herald) and ran with their story just to create a buzz for the free bee publication that had a dwindling readership and ironically went out of business shorty after the Jimmy Story headlines.

After receiving strong criticism from readers and many other publications, they wrote a retraction and apology for their sloppy journalism, but the publisher decided to put most of the blame on Yeager and instead of explaining Jimmy Story was part of a film that Yeager had been making for 25 years, they made the decision to make Yeager look like a fool.

None of this made any sense; Yeager had previously been treated superbly by some other publications in Miami, who had featured extremely in depth stories about his music and his career.

XS wrote: “Yeager walked out of an interview with an XS reporter. Yeager ended the Q&A session when the reporter informed him we weren’t interested in his life story, that we only wanted to know what he had hoped to accomplish with this fraud.”

“When Billy began to explain the film Jimmy’s Story and what his performance piece was all about, the journalist answered very rudely, ‘I am not interested in hearing about your life story,’ and Yeager walked out and sent XS a fax with a riddle. They made a huge mistake; for them to understand Jimmy Story, they needed to understand Billy’s life story and film. They didn’t want to hear the truth, they had an agenda, Bob had the truth, they didn’t want that either.” – Glenn DeRosa 

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Credit: Billy Yeager The Ineffable EnigmaMovie / Jimmy Story

Fax transcript:

“There once was a man who lived in a city of ignorance and the people were blinded. Although he offered those who did not understand some water and to remove the veil from their eyes, they resisted. Pause and wonder oh blind little sheep. My ways are too grand for such feeble minds, send me someone with wisdom and then shall I speak. In the meantime, I wipe my butt with peoples’ feeble thoughts of what they think of what I do, all is grasping for the wind, oh little town of wannabes. My farts are incensed with genius.” Jimmy Story / Billy Yeager

space 3After reading and rereading the retraction notice written by XS Magazine, there is no doubt that there are many inconsistencies and contradictions; they stated that Jimmy Story was nothing but a hoax, created by a frustrated, and embittered musician, yet they also state that Yeager “was correct” and “proved his point” in that celebrities are more revered than artists, that being famous doesn’t equate to being talented, that the “lost son” of Jimi Hendrix could get more attention than a local musician.”

When XS asked Greg Baker for his thoughts on what Yeager was trying to achieve as Jimmy Story, Baker stated:

“I think Yeager wanted to use the media to achieve that end, tearing down the corrupt media industrial complex, which is contributing to the downfall of society, I am all for this sort of thing. I don’t think anybody did anything wrong.” 

DeRosa, “You see? It is right there in XS’s retraction, there is no question that this paragraph jumped off the pages. Why didn’t Spin or NPR use the quote from Greg Baker about tearing down the corrupt media complex?”

If you are going to be in such a hurry you need to copy another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” you should give them reference, and make sure they are a credible source.

Stephen Wissink was the publisher for XS Magazine, who was in charge of making the decision of how to respond to their readers. In Wissink’s apology and retraction, he thought it would be best to tar and feather Yeager, describing him as frustrated, embittered, angry, which is ironic because it is actually Wissink who is embittered; in his own words he states: “Hell hath no fury like a journalist who has been duped.”

But there is more than meets the eye about the credibility of XS and its staff; if I’ve ever tasted bitterness more than this, it was a brussel sprout milkshake: CLICK.

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Credit: www.kjugguitars.com / Ken Jenkins with his custom made guitars at a Guitar Show

Ken Jenkins has a 24 year military background in aviation, but he has always been an avid music fan too.

Ken became a fan of Billy’s and built him a custom made guitar.

space 3“I believe there are two camps of people that have an interest in these types of stories, and for two different purposes.

The first group of people are the ones that are witness to the creativity, the message, the artistic value and have an appreciation for pointing out the flaws we have in our belief structures. The ones that know the thin veneer of glitz and glamour is created to sell the product, especially when there is little to no talent or virtuosity behind it.

The second group of people are the ones that can’t wait to have a “Jimmy’s Story” pop up because of the name recognition. This group is looking to capitalize, to make a buck. This group is also the ones that feel duped when they learn the true intent, the real purpose. What? You’re trying to make a point about the woes of our industry? And we couldn’t see that? How dare you! You made us look bad because we were stupid enough to buy what we wanted to sell? This is laughable at best.

That’s Billy Yeager. An extremely talented musician that found the corporate world of music a dog eat dog world, and he was wearing Milk Bone underwear!!”space 3

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Credit: Bob Weinberg / Former XS Magazine journalist

 

Referring to Jimmy Story, Bob Weinberg wrote in his story for XS Magazine, “Oddly, he’s most lucid when quoting scripture.”

 

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Credit: XS Magazine / Note: Scripture painted on Yeager’s pant leg

DeRosa, “Everywhere you look there are hidden messages. Look at the outfit Billy made when he is being interviewed as Jimmy Story. He hand painted the XS logo on the jacket, and look closely at the bottom of the image.

Do you really think Jimmy Story is a joke? He is quoting from the book of the prophet Isaiah.”

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DeRosa is correct. Yeager hand painted the gospel of Luke, chapter 3, verses 4, 5, and 6 on his pant leg.

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As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

“Yeager was speaking out to the public, trying to convey a message about the state of the world, it was a message of repentance from John the Baptist, it wasn’t a joke, and all this is clear in the film. Billy is that voice in the wilderness; he was always concerned with suffering and injustice, and was against excess and greed. Since 1985 he knew he was not meant to be a rock star, he was appalled at the music industry. After Jimmy’s Story he continued his career as a filmmaker; in the film A Perfect Song, he is doing the same thing, speaking as a prophet again.” – Glenn DeRosa

Glenn DeRosa reveals another hidden clue about the truth of Jimmy Story.

In the liner notes on the back cover of Yeager’s album Be My Valentine,which was manufactured in 1985 (12 years before the first version of Jimmy’s Story was completed), it states:

“And Jimmy Story is the world’s best kept secret.”

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Photo by Bunny Yeager / Be My Valentine (1985)

“In 1985, Yeager already knew he was going to become Jimmy Story and make a movie, so in no way did Yeager ever create just a meaningless hoax ‘to vent his hostilities upon XS Magazine because he was embittered.’ They were the ones embittered because they didn’t like the fact that Yeager had proved his point about the media through them.” – Glenn DeRosa

The Lie

Regarding the film Jimmy’s Story Andrew Flanagan wrote:

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The verb ‘Bamboozle’ (noun: bamboozlement) means to dupe, to deceive by underhand methods.

If there was anyone “bamboozling,” it was NPR, Andrew Flanagan and his senior editors, who duped their readers and listeners into believing that Yeager was nothing more than a talentless fraud.

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Credit: Getty Images / Dan Myrick

“One question I would always ask myself is, this guy is either the craziest mother fucker on the planet, or he’s a cinematic genius; I think performance artist is a good definition of why his work is relevant.

There is a grand message he is trying to convey to people and there are only a few that are going to get it.

For me there has always been a method to his madness, I respected that about him, he wants to say something meaningful to the world, there is a sense of admiration there, he is not a cynic, somebody putting a bunch of news hoax bullshit stories about Billy to get people into fear, that’s a cynic, not Billy, he is a true believer, whether you believe in him or not, that is what is so compelling about him.” – Dan Myrick

Dan Myrick is mentioned in several places on http://www.billyyeager.com, and he was relatively easy to contact, so why didn’t either one of these media outlets choose to contact someone reputable who had worked with Yeager?

“I appreciate it when I do an interview on Blair Witch and I can tell that the journalist really did their homework, and they really want to dig into the ways we did the movie, and want an intimate understanding, instead of all the superficial crap; Billy’s no different.”        – Dan Myrick

Andrew also wrote that the Jimmy Story performance art was “ill-conceived.”

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Credit: Glenn DeRosa

 

“It was not ill-conceived, it was brilliant and everyone knows this. The media maliciously used every adjective they could find to make Billy look like a loser. NPR’s story is what is ill-conceived.” – Glenn DeRosa

space 3“Jimmy Story was brilliant! He wrote this music that sounded like Hendrix, if you’re a Hendrix fan you go, wow, he pulled it over on them, not a copy of one of his songs, but right down to the way he sang it.

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People like Billy fascinated me, he wrote all the time, and if he wasn’t writing, he was writing his movies, and if he wasn’t doing that, he was teaching it.

There are only a handful of guys like him. I know we are on the same path, and I know that’s why we have been a part of each other’s lives all this time.” – Jimi Ruccolo

space 3Andrew Flanagan wrote that Billy Yeager:

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Jimmy’s Story was filmed for over 23 years, and it took another 6 years to edit the final version, which is a testament to Yeager’s work ethics, tenacity, and relentless dedication as an artist, which proves one thing:

The Media Lies.

Remember that Wall of Rejections?

“There were no rejection letters, I was the one who filmed that scene.

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Credit: Jimmy’s Story

Yeager was in the backyard, I asked him what were all those papers hanging on the postwall, and he said they were supposed to be rejection letters; he wanted to make it look like the character in his movie had been rejected by the record labels for many years.

Back in 1987, I asked Billy to come with me to L.A., because I just recorded my new songs with Ira Sullivan and was trying to get signed to a label. I thought for sure he would bring his music, but he didn’t, he only came to support me.

space 3Billy never submitted his music to labels (before he met Bruce Hornsby), he attended music conventions where he met Chuck Gregory, and Walter Yetnikoff, and unless the bigwigs personally listened to his music, he would never leave it with anyone.

In fact I am the one who had to talk him into bringing that tape to Bruce Hornsby, that’s why he scribbled the note on a piece of paper, nothing was prepared. All these journalists lied and defamed him; they knew he was making a film; Billy was never frustrated, rejected, embittered, he was always laughing. And also, just to make sure this finally goes on record, once and for all, every major label that I visited in Los Angeles in 1987, not only refused to meet me, but refused to accept my tape; in fact, once I was angry about it and left it on the counter, and the woman who worked there grabbed my envelope, brought it to the door, and yelled to me, ‘We cannot accept this because of legal matters!’ and left it outside the door.”  – Stan Jeff Brown

What Stan is saying is correct. I checked this myself. All the way back since the 1970s, all record labels refused to open any unsolicited envelope that arrived in the mail, it would only be returned unopened. The only way for an artist to submit their music was if they had a connection, or a manager (not just any manager, but one with a connection also). Below is the standard policy for receiving “unsolicited tapes,” it is the same for every single record label; this one is stated on Warner Brothers, and hasn’t changed in over 40 years.

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From 1978-1986, Yeager sang and played guitar in many of South Florida’s top bands, working with artists such as Harold Seay, Suzi Carr, and Inner Circle reggae band. After 8 years of playing in cover bands, he became extremely dissatisfied playing other people’s music and decided to never play another cover song again.

In 1986, he bought his first 4-track recorder (when Billy first began writing and recording his music back in 1978, he had to experiment with small tape decks, recording tracks multiple times, mixing them eventually onto one tape). This was the beginning of Yeager’s songwriting isolation period; for over 6 years he worked obsessively trying to discover his own unique style and sound (he even boarded up his windows, so he wouldn’t be aware of the sunlight and time); sometimes a day would turn into night and he would have as many as 3 to 8 written and recorded songs in a 24 hour period. Not a single day would pass where Yeager wouldn’t have written and recorded at least 3 songs.

For years all of Billy’s musician friends told him he should let the record labels hear his music; in 1991, his friend Stan convinced him to bring a tape to Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby at a concert; Bruce heard Billy’s demo tape, recorded on his 4-track, and the rest is history as they say; a simple story, factual by all accounts.

How did this get out of hand? Miami Herald first, then XS Magazine, then John Stacey’s Hollywood Dreams, now NPR and Spin. Each distorted the truth and fabricated their story, each building from one another, leaving someone defamed.
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Regarding NPR and Spin, if you are going to quote verbatim these stories from 22 years ago saying, “Aw Shucks, we didn’t know!”, better get another cup of coffee.
 
The truth was written in Billy Yeager’s websites, but NPR and Spin didn’t care about the truth. The documentary Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma also provided a lot of information about this unknown artist that no one had heard about, but Andrew Flanagan and Andy Cush, who were in a hurry, didn’t want to watch it; this is technically called negligence and reckless disregard for the truth; in the courts, it can wipe you out.
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“We will always have the “different groups” in our society, the ones that care, that have an open mind, that realize criticism is our finest instrument to better ourselves and right our wrongs.

And those that believe the veneers of the world are what they can hide behind to continue collecting ye ole’ dollar, and dismiss any short comings that exist as mere eccentricities of anyone that reports them.

But not so many have the insight and drive to point out the failings of an industry and subsequently point out their shortcomings in a creative and provocative format. That’s where Billy stands out, he’s a Renaissance man that takes life’s lemons and makes a pointedly tart lemonade sans any sweeteners. It’s in your face, it’s the reality behind the walls of perceived comfort, and creates awareness about our excesses, weaknesses, faults and depravity.

Billy has a purpose, he is using his creative talent in such an unusual form, to draw attention to the hypocrisy of our societal values which is very impressive.” – Ken Jenkins

Jimmy’s Story Movie by Billy Yeager

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*DISCOGRAPHY*

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BIO

Billy Yeager has written and recorded over 2600 musical compositions. In his early 20’s he won several National Songwriting contests. In 1983, he produced his first album, What’s It Gonna Take.  Over 22 of South Florida’s top musicians, such as Dennis Noday, Rex White, Jay Drake, Allan Layton and Diane Sherrow, recorded on the album.

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On his second album Be My Valentine, produced in 1985, Billy played every instrument. The album was recorded at Circle Sound Studios, which is the private recording studio of the Inner Circle Reggae Band. Yeager was the guitar player for the Grammy Award winning band from 1985-1986. “Touter” Harvey and Ian Lewis both were involved in the engineering and production of the Be My Valentine album.

Billy has performed and played alongside musicians such as Doug Ingle from Iron Butterfly, Gerry Morotta from Peter Gabriel, Carmine Appice from Vanilla Fudge, Butch Trucks from Allman Brothers, and Pat Travers.

In 1987 Yeager recorded with Ira Sullivan, Eddie Higgins, and “Mars” Cowling on Stan Jeff Brown’s album Transformation Paradox. Yeager also recorded with Jaco Pastorius who considered Billy one of the greatest guitarists he ever performed with.

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In 1983 Yeager recorded a jam session with Jaco and then went to jam live at the Tipperary Pub in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The performance was filmed on VHS by the bar’s owner and was last seen being auctioned online.

From 1985 until 1992 Yeager confined himself to a small apartment in Hollywood Beach. He took a part time job as a janitor; he would wake up every day at 3 a.m. and returned home at 8:00 a.m. This would allow him to be able write and record songs during the rest of the day and develop his own style.

During this period Yeager recorded over 850 songs on his 4-track recorder.

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In 1991 Yeager gave a copy of his original music to Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby backstage at a concert. Bruce called Billy personally from the road while he was performing with the Grateful Dead; Hornsby was so excited about the demo cassette tape, he personally wanted to help Billy receive a record deal with a major label.

Bruce Hornsby, in an interview with Miami New Times, said (regarding the many demo tapes he received), “The bad news and sad truth is that most of them are really terrible. I’ve been inundated with them for years. Billy’s is really different. It’s possibly the only one I’ve ever heard where I thought, ‘This is something.’ Most of these tapes are so badly done. I mean, why don’t they take more pride in what they are doing? Billy was different. Billy has songs that reach people.”

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The demo tape was recorded on a worn out 4-track Fostex recording machine in Billy’s apartment. Billy played all of the instruments. Billy is a self taught musician and he used not only the common instruments such as drums, bass, guitar and keyboard, but also a mandolin, glockenspiel, bagpipe and harmonica. He also sang on the tape and did all the background harmonies which sometimes were as many as 5 and 6 parts. Bruce’s manager Tim Neece acquired a development deal with Capitol Records who advanced Billy money so that he could record his songs in a state of the art professional recording studio.  

 Because of the publicity of being discovered by Bruce Hornsby, Billy then received a management deal with Larrikin management (Gerry Georgettis, road manager for Pink Floyd, Tool, Cold Chisel, Sponge, Henry Rollins), but Bruce and his management company still continued to submit Billy’s songs to the major record labels from1992-1995.

However, in 1992 the industry had changed and the labels were only signing rap and grunge music and Yeager fell between the cracks, because he was an adult contemporary artist.

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“Despite fans like Hornsby and dozens of encouraging letters from recording industry executives, he was not signed to a major record label. From a dresser drawer he takes out a letter written to him by an industry powerbroker. It is effusive in praising his talent, the quality of his tape, his great potential_and ends by saying there will be no offer forthcoming because there isn’t a hit single in the batch of tunes.” Greg Baker

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“His eclectic style made him difficult to categorize: rock and roll mixed with jazz alongside reggae rhythms and African pop influences, brooding ballads and high-energy hooks, a gravel-scratching voice backed by sweet harmonies. Lyrics that spanned the reaches from the romantically sentimental to the belligerently defiant. And that guitar_ one as supple and smooth as Herb Ellis, the next a raging reminder of Jimi Hendrix. And Yeager disliked the idea of being known for his guitar virtuosity alone.” Miami New Times

The Shift to Filmmaker / Jimmy’s Story 

“Every musician in America should see this film.” Faust Pierfederici

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Jimmy’s Story is a combination of several film genres: documentary film, mockumentary, pseudo-docu, docu-fiction, and cinema verite.

‘Jimmy Story’ is the name of a fictional character that Yeager created for his film, in which a musician ponders the meaning of life.

“Billy Yeager’s Jimmy’s Story shows not only the trials and tribulations of the journey of trying to make it into the music industry, but also the triviality of the whole idea of becoming “somebody” special, of being a “star”. The film captures reflections of his childhood and the words of wisdom from his father, Ray Yeager.” Aaron Morris / Miami International Film Festival.

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The film was featured on an edition of the Bravo/IFC cable show Split Screen hosted by John Pierson; the segment was filmed, edited and produced by Dan Myrick.

Jimmy’s Story also features many people, close friends and neighbors such as his landlord, who developed into one of the film’s most prominent characters in the movie.

Some of the most cherished segments that are featured throughout the film, which everyone loves, are Billy’s daily visits with the “Old Gang.” Everyday when Billy returned home from his early morning janitorial job, he would bring his cameras and head out to the infamous beach bench located on Jackson St., at Hollywood Beaches Broadwalk.

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Billy Yeager as “Jimmy Story” with the “Old Gang” at Hollywood Beach, Florida.

Billy filmed and recorded conversations with the Old Gang for over 12 years.

In the very beginning, there were 6  members, but as the years went by, they all passed away. Yeager kept recording until the last gang member was left alone.

Billy’s landlord also passed away, and his father Ray Yeager who died of cancer.

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Ray Yeager with his “Big Ole Red” homemade guitar, 1965.

Dark hair and 6 feet 7 inches tall, with a homemade guitar made out of a dresser drawer, country singer and songwriter Ray Yeager stepped off the bus in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1965, and 5 minutes later he was signed to a 5-year recording contract with MGM Records.

Everyone who knew Ray believed he was going to be a big star, but it never happened, and Ray simply walked away from it all.

The film is a parable and a riddle. Throughout the film, Ray speaks from his own words of wisdom, about the small things in life and the meaning of success. In one scene Ray Yeager and his son sit in the cemetery by a tomb reflecting on the meaning of life, death, purpose, and acceptance.

Yeager chose to begin and end Jimmy’s Story with a quote from the book of Ecclesiastes: “all is vanity and chasing the wind.”

Creating a film with a vision.

Billy began to realize the negative corporate side of the music industry and began to loathe what he had once desired.

Understanding the significance of producing a film and presenting it to the public, and infused with a sense of purpose as an artist, Yeager decided he wanted to challenge the audience’s perception about fame and success, and society’s obsession with celebrities, while also exposing the media and the press that promote sensational news and trivial matters to the public.

In 1995 Billy began to incubate his “Jimi Hendrix / Jimmy Story performance art and pop culture / media protest.”

Billy dyed his skin black and promoted himself as Jimmy Story, “the long lost son of Jimi Hendrix.”

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The Lost Bolero Tapes

Yeager wrote and recorded music which he called “The Bolero Tapes”; these recordings were supposed to be original Jimi Hendrix compositions that were lost.

Some publications wanted to get an opinion from the experts.

The music was forwarded to those who had closely worked with Jimi Hendrix such as  Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell.

Yeager’s songs sounded so much like Hendrix that the experts were convinced.

“Working as close to Jimi as I did, I would have to say, I know the Hendrix sound, if someone were to try to fake his music compositions, I would be the one who would know. This kid, son of his, whoever he is, the song “Devil’s got a Sweater” is definitely a Jimi Hendrix composition. There is no doubt in my mind.” – Buddy Miles

“Working with Jimi, listening to him jam, rehearse, write music, I know if I hear a song that was composed by Hendrix, I can tell instantly, from phrasing, chord structures, movements from bridge to chorus, etc. With regards to Jimmy Story and his mother Sunshine, I do not know about, but I can tell you, these songs cannot be faked. Jimi was working on music before he died called the Bolero Tapes, if this is the music and this is his son, from the musical stand point, there is no question about it, you can fake a guitar, maybe a little of his voice, but lyrics, and melody, it’s not possible, from what I hear this kid is the real deal, and I would love to play with him.”  – Mitch Mitchell, 1995

The rise to fame as Hendrix’s illegitimate son was a success; Yeager was featured as a “Cover Story” on WSVN (Miami television) and XS Magazine, Broward’s alternative newspaper. Billy filmed his “Jimi Hendrix / Jimmy Story performance art,” including the “behind the scenes” footage, to be edited into the film Jimmy’s Story.

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“Undoubtedly, Story’s guitar playing is extraordinary. It’s certainly influenced, if not genetically driven, by Hendrix. It’s Story’s voice that is most convincing, a deep, mumbling inflection that will cause most listeners to do a double-take.” Bob Weinberg / XS Magazine

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 “They are blinded, but not with wine. They are drunk and they stagger, but not with wine. To whom shall I give the message? Whom shall speak the message?” Jimmy Story / XS Magazine

Jimmy’s Story was completed in 1997 and it premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 1998, winning “Best Documentary” award.

“An outstanding film that is a remarkable achievement, I can’t imagine how much work went into this very personal original film.” Heath McKnight (Awards ceremony at The Palm Beach International Film Festival)

From 1997 until 2003 Yeager edited over 6 different versions of the film.

The film was described as being  “epic in scale” and a “masterpiece.”

Glenn DeRosa was responsible for much of the filming of the Jimmy Story segments; Billy added Glenn as one of the producers of the film in 1996; Billy’s aunt Bunny Yeager was also an associate producer.

 Rick McKay, the award winning filmmaker who is best known for his 2003 documentary “Broadway The Golden Age,” was responsible for discovering Jimmy’s Story.

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“Billy was creating reality television way ahead of his time, I loved the film and I suppose you could thank me for being partially responsible for “Jimmy’s Story.” – Rick McKay

Rick McKay was also attending the Palm Beach International Film Festival with his film “Broadway The Golden Age” and read a small town newspaper article about Billy and his film Jimmy’s Story. Ironically, right after reading the story, he met Billy walking down the street in Lake Worth, Florida, where he was staying at the Gulfstream Motel.

Rick’s film was going to be screening at the DIFF a week later, and Rick asked Billy for a copy of his film. Unbeknownst to Billy, Rick secretly submitted Jimmy’s Story to the Dahlonega International Film Festival.

Heralded as a major achievement Jimmy’s Story won an unprecedented 4-awards at the DIFF, including “Best First Film,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Folk Film” and ” Best First Time Director.”

Dean Treadway, the program director at the DIFF Film Festival stated, “This great film, this near masterpiece of amateur filmmaking, a Sundance reject that deserves to tower above most of their eventual winners, is about one man’s perseverance in believing that there is a better future out there, one that has him doing exactly what he feels he’s meant to do. Out of the 700 films submitted Jimmy’s Story is the one that moved me most to tears of joy and frustration.”

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The Controversial Performance Artwork.

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However, there was a major fallout with the press, that did not embrace the message of Yeager’s Jimmy Story performance artwork.

The press labeled Yeager’s performance art work simply as a “Hoax.”

Yet within that same retraction letter from XS Magazine they state that Yeager

“was correct” and “proved his point” in that celebrities are more revered than artists, that being famous doesn’t equate to being talented, that the “lost son” of Jimi Hendrix could get more attention than a local musician.”

Miami New Times writer Greg Baker was also quoted about Yeager’s ‘Jimmy Story performance art and media protest’ saying that “I think Yeager wanted to use the media to achieve that end, tearing down the corrupt media industrial complex, which is contributing to the downfall of society, I am all for this sort of thing. I don’t think anybody did anything wrong.” 

Over 20 years later, the media still tries to marginalize Yeager’s “media and pop culture protest”, of course…, after all, they are “the media.”

A Perfect Song

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Yeager’s next feature film was called ‘A Perfect Song’ which he wrote, produced, directed, acted and also composed all the music.

The film was made with no money. Yeager shaved his head and gained 35 pounds for the lead role. He also performed the role of Lloyd’s brother which he filmed before he shaved his head.

Yeager won best actor at the Delray Beach Film Festival in 2004.

“This film has real charms, what’s great is the sincerity of a creative obsessive character playing a creative obsessive character musing about God and creativity. There are scenes of Lloyd producing ambient music in his gadget studio, plus delightful local color, including Florida fauna and a sympathetic tour of the legendary Coral Castle.”
Delray Beach Film Festival, 2004

The Highwaymen / The Other Side of the Road

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In the early 1990’s an interest in “outsider art,” or art which is created by artists who are outside mainstream society, developed in the art world and in 1995 an article was written for a journal by Jim Fitch who coined the group the “Highwaymen” because of their tactics of traveling I-95 and A1A to sell their artwork.  Not long after this, the New York Times wrote an article on the Florida Highwaymen and two books on the group were published, causing the value of Florida Highwaymen art to skyrocket.

In 1999 Billy Yeager began to seek out all the existing members of the group, including many that were not mentioned in the books that were published.

In 2000 Yeager began painting with the infamous Florida Highwaymen and filmed a documentary called The Highwaymen / The Other Side of the Road.

Gary Brice was the production coordinator and cameraman. Together Gary Brice and Billy worked for over 1 year on the film.

Yeager is the only person ever to have painted with the original Highwaymen Livingston “Castro” Roberts. Yeager’s art is now collectable folk art because of the recognition of his films, music and humanitarian projects.

Jesus of Malibu

Jesus of Malibu

Jesus of Malibu Official Website

 Billy and his wife Anais met in 2005 and spent the next 7 years making their film trilogy Jesus of Malibu.

The film was completed with no financial backing and not even a one person film crew.

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 After completing Jesus of Malibu the Yeagers returned back to Florida to produce a documentary surf film resembling the old style surf films from the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

Drew Kampion former editor of SURFER , SURFING, and SURFERS PATH stated, “The wonderful thing about this creative product of the combined wills and imaginations of Anais and Billy Yeager is how profoundly it succeeds in quietly crystallizing an alternative reality in the here and now.”

The film was chosen for the NYC Surf Film Festival and Premiered in 2012.

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The Film that Changed the World

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In 2013 the Yeagers were contacted by Maltese Productions who offered to produce a film documentary about the making of their film Jesus of Malibu.

The Film That Changed the World Official Website

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Click image below to watch music video created by Nick Duggan and Billy and Anais:

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The Yeagers continue to create art, music and films to change the world.

Their mission is to raise consciousness and “help those who cannot help themselves.”

Von Weinberg

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Billy Yeager / The Ineffable Enigma

 Review by filmcriticdoc ★★★★★

Billy Yeager The Ineffable Enigma (2016)

Premiere Screening July 23, 2016 / Malibu Beach, California.

‘Billy Yeager / The Ineffable Enigma’ ushers in an artistic revolution.

Billy Yeager believes in the power of film and music and everything he is doing he is doing in many dimensions at the same time; he is not just smashing guitars and setting pianos on fire, he is breaking with tradition, he is breaking with the vanities of the world.

Every step of the way we watch and marvel at his talents. Whether he becomes Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Pat Metheny, Jimi Hendrix or a 124 piece orchestra, Yeager proves his point, the matrix, the illusion, and it is a slow and painful process.

Billy Yeager is a musician, singer-songwriter, filmmaker, activist, humanitarian and an all around living breathing performance artist. He has written and recorded over 2400 songs, and produced 6 films, yet most of his works are extremely hard to find and are considered to be very valuable by serious collectors, but if it can’t change the world, the artist wants no part of it.

“Everyone can be bought, name your price, one million, one billion? You can’t buy me, I don’t need and I don’t want your money or acceptance, all I care about is becoming truth, creating truth and changing the world”, says Billy Yeager sitting by his 1967 Chevy van parked out someone in the middle of the Death Valley desert.

Yeager is not just making films and music, his work contains a message and a warning for humanity, and the promises that may lie ahead, but only if today’s artists heed the call of an obligation to society.

It may be hard for some to understand his ways and his artistry. Billy goes to the extreme to become that “voice in the wilderness”, calling our attention to the absurdities of the world.

Billy states boldly: “Where’s your righteous anger? Jesus turned over the money tables, it was obvious he was pissed off, there is so much injustice and suffering in the world, and we go on just entertaining ourselves to death? I can’t do that.”

A sympathizer of Huxley’s and Orwell’s ideas, he doesn’t care whether you like him or not, he would rather take his music to the desert to play for cactus and lizards (literally) than to succumb to the audiences of our fickle society that praise every 4-chord song sung by an ‘American Idol’ contestant.

Yeager sees the future being threatened by corporations and the music and film industry who are creating “mind controlling entertainment” for the masses.

When Yeager made his first feature film ‘A Perfect Song’ he attacked one of his favorite rock bands, Led Zeppelin; this was when they had just licensed the song ‘Rock ’n’ Roll’ to Cadillac automobiles to be used in their television commercials. It pissed Yeager off. “Music used to stand for something, but now Led Zeppelin is selling Cadillacs,” says Lloyd, “ Rock ’n’ Roll used to say “fuck the establishment!”, but we all sold out like whores.”

The character he plays “Lloyd” is a type of musical prophet, challenging himself and other musicians to discover the world’s perfect song; there is a great shot when he submerges himself underwater to find the notes to play on his guitar.

Although there are snippets of some of Yeager’s diverse styles of music featured in the film, what stands out the most is the soundtrack music, that expresses a haunting and mysterious melancholy, that reflects the beauty of the remote desert, and evokes a warm, sympathetic response to a flood of poetical emotions.

Who would take 1200 recordings and throw them into a dumpster? One collector featured in the film says, “It is sad,” but that’s not the way I see it.

Sure Yeager is an amazing musician and songwriter, but what is most impressive is his willingness to depart from the past. Most people live in their past, they live so attached to their achievements and possessions, Yeager’s concern is about creating music that can change the world.

And what artist would be so bold to propose a legislative bill that would ban those “low frequency noises” from our public highways?

Did Yeager really believe his legislative bill to “ban low frequency rap music from all public places” would be passed? Or was it just the chance to be able to say what many would love to say but don’t have the guts, “rhyming words by using a rhyming dictionary to sampled drums is NOT music”?

He knows it is an unpopular topic and that most artists would rather “play it safe”, but Yeager doesn’t care how it will reflect on his persona or pocketbook, that’s just what makes Billy Yeager a force to be reckoned with, he is on a mission.

Yeager is taking responsible action challenging all artists to take stock of our collective consciousness, and consider the meaning and purpose of the work they create.

For me the Enigma in the story is that Billy Yeager is not just a musician, filmmaker or actor, he is a prophet of our times.

“Everywhere I look, there is no one to look up to, and I must be that example.” states Billy Yeager

Billy Yeager as Jimmy Story

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*DISCOGRAPHY*

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BIO

Billy Yeager has written and recorded over 2600 musical compositions. In his early 20’s he won several National Songwriting contests. In 1983, he produced his first album, What’s It Gonna Take.  Over 22 of South Florida’s top musicians, such as Dennis Noday, Rex White, Jay Drake, Allan Layton and Diane Sherrow, recorded on the album.

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On his second album Be My Valentine, produced in 1985, Billy played every instrument. The album was recorded at Circle Sound Studios, which is the private recording studio of the Inner Circle Reggae Band. Yeager was the guitar player for the Grammy Award winning band from 1985-1986. “Touter” Harvey and Ian Lewis both were involved in the engineering and production of the Be My Valentine album.

Billy has performed and played alongside musicians such as Doug Ingle from Iron Butterfly, Gerry Morotta from Peter Gabriel, Carmine Appice from Vanilla Fudge, Butch Trucks from Allman Brothers, and Pat Travers.

In 1987 Yeager recorded with Ira Sullivan, Eddie Higgins, and “Mars” Cowling on Stan Jeff Brown’s album Transformation Paradox. Yeager also recorded with Jaco Pastorius who considered Billy one of the greatest guitarists he ever performed with.

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In 1983 Yeager recorded a jam session with Jaco and then went to jam live at the Tipperary Pub in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The performance was filmed on VHS by the bar’s owner and was last seen being auctioned online.

From 1985 until 1992 Yeager confined himself to a small apartment in Hollywood Beach. He took a part time job as a janitor; he would wake up every day at 3 a.m. and returned home at 8:00 a.m. This would allow him to be able write and record songs during the rest of the day and develop his own style.

During this period Yeager recorded over 850 songs on his 4-track recorder.

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In 1991 Yeager gave a copy of his original music to Grammy Award Winner Bruce Hornsby backstage at a concert. Bruce called Billy personally from the road while he was performing with the Grateful Dead; Hornsby was so excited about the demo cassette tape, he personally wanted to help Billy receive a record deal with a major label.

Bruce Hornsby, in an interview with Miami New Times, said (regarding the many demo tapes he received), “The bad news and sad truth is that most of them are really terrible. I’ve been inundated with them for years. Billy’s is really different. It’s possibly the only one I’ve ever heard where I thought, ‘This is something.’ Most of these tapes are so badly done. I mean, why don’t they take more pride in what they are doing? Billy was different. Billy has songs that reach people.”

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The demo tape was recorded on a worn out 4-track Fostex recording machine in Billy’s apartment. Billy played all of the instruments. Billy is a self taught musician and he used not only the common instruments such as drums, bass, guitar and keyboard, but also a mandolin, glockenspiel, bagpipe and harmonica. He also sang on the tape and did all the background harmonies which sometimes were as many as 5 and 6 parts. Bruce’s manager Tim Neece acquired a development deal with Capitol Records who advanced Billy money so that he could record his songs in a state of the art professional recording studio.  

 Because of the publicity of being discovered by Bruce Hornsby, Billy then received a management deal with Larrikin management (Gerry Georgettis, road manager for Pink Floyd, Tool, Cold Chisel, Sponge, Henry Rollins), but Bruce and his management company still continued to submit Billy’s songs to the major record labels from1992-1995.

However, in 1992 the industry had changed and the labels were only signing rap and grunge music and Yeager fell between the cracks, because he was an adult contemporary artist.

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“Despite fans like Hornsby and dozens of encouraging letters from recording industry executives, he was not signed to a major record label. From a dresser drawer he takes out a letter written to him by an industry powerbroker. It is effusive in praising his talent, the quality of his tape, his great potential_and ends by saying there will be no offer forthcoming because there isn’t a hit single in the batch of tunes.” Greg Baker

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“His eclectic style made him difficult to categorize: rock and roll mixed with jazz alongside reggae rhythms and African pop influences, brooding ballads and high-energy hooks, a gravel-scratching voice backed by sweet harmonies. Lyrics that spanned the reaches from the romantically sentimental to the belligerently defiant. And that guitar_ one as supple and smooth as Herb Ellis, the next a raging reminder of Jimi Hendrix. And Yeager disliked the idea of being known for his guitar virtuosity alone.” Miami New Times

The Shift to Filmmaker / Jimmy’s Story 

“Every musician in America should see this film.” Faust Pierfederici

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Jimmy’s Story is a combination of several film genres: documentary film, mockumentary, pseudo-docu, docu-fiction, and cinema verite.

‘Jimmy Story’ is the name of a fictional character that Yeager created for his film, in which a musician ponders the meaning of life.

“Billy Yeager’s Jimmy’s Story shows not only the trials and tribulations of the journey of trying to make it into the music industry, but also the triviality of the whole idea of becoming “somebody” special, of being a “star”. The film captures reflections of his childhood and the words of wisdom from his father, Ray Yeager.” Aaron Morris / Miami International Film Festival.

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The film was featured on an edition of the Bravo/IFC cable show Split Screen hosted by John Pierson; the segment was filmed, edited and produced by Dan Myrick.

Jimmy’s Story also features many people, close friends and neighbors such as his landlord, who developed into one of the film’s most prominent characters in the movie.

Some of the most cherished segments that are featured throughout the film, which everyone loves, are Billy’s daily visits with the “Old Gang.” Everyday when Billy returned home from his early morning janitorial job, he would bring his cameras and head out to the infamous beach bench located on Jackson St., at Hollywood Beaches Broadwalk.

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Billy Yeager as “Jimmy Story” with the “Old Gang” at Hollywood Beach, Florida.

Billy filmed and recorded conversations with the Old Gang for over 12 years.

In the very beginning, there were 6  members, but as the years went by, they all passed away. Yeager kept recording until the last gang member was left alone.

Billy’s landlord also passed away, and his father Ray Yeager who died of cancer.

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Ray Yeager with his “Big Ole Red” homemade guitar, 1965.

Dark hair and 6 feet 7 inches tall, with a homemade guitar made out of a dresser drawer, country singer and songwriter Ray Yeager stepped off the bus in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1965, and 5 minutes later he was signed to a 5-year recording contract with MGM Records.

Everyone who knew Ray believed he was going to be a big star, but it never happened, and Ray simply walked away from it all.

The film is a parable and a riddle. Throughout the film, Ray speaks from his own words of wisdom, about the small things in life and the meaning of success. In one scene Ray Yeager and his son sit in the cemetery by a tomb reflecting on the meaning of life, death, purpose, and acceptance.

Yeager chose to begin and end Jimmy’s Story with a quote from the book of Ecclesiastes: “all is vanity and chasing the wind.”

Creating a film with a vision.

Billy began to realize the negative corporate side of the music industry and began to loathe what he had once desired.

Understanding the significance of producing a film and presenting it to the public, and infused with a sense of purpose as an artist, Yeager decided he wanted to challenge the audience’s perception about fame and success, and society’s obsession with celebrities, while also exposing the media and the press that promote sensational news and trivial matters to the public.

In 1995 Billy began to incubate his “Jimi Hendrix / Jimmy Story performance art and pop culture / media protest.”

Billy dyed his skin black, and promoted himself as Jimmy Story, “the long lost son of Jimi Hendrix.”

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The Lost Bolero Tapes

Yeager wrote and recorded music which he called “The Bolero Tapes”; these recordings were supposed to be original Jimi Hendrix compositions that were lost.

Some publications wanted to get an opinion from the experts.

The music was forwarded to those who had closely worked with Jimi Hendrix such as  Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell.

Yeager’s songs sounded so much like Hendrix that the experts were convinced.

“Working as close to Jimi as I did, I would have to say, I know the Hendrix sound, if someone were to try to fake his music compositions, I would be the one who would know. This kid, son of his, whoever he is, the song “Devil’s got a Sweater” is definitely a Jimi Hendrix composition. There is no doubt in my mind.” – Buddy Miles

“Working with Jimi, listening to him jam, rehearse, write music, I know if I hear a song that was composed by Hendrix, I can tell instantly, from phrasing, chord structures, movements from bridge to chorus, etc. With regards to Jimmy Story and his mother Sunshine, I do not know about, but I can tell you, these songs cannot be faked. Jimi was working on music before he died called the Bolero Tapes, if this is the music and this is his son, from the musical stand point, there is no question about it, you can fake a guitar, maybe a little of his voice, but lyrics, and melody, it’s not possible, from what I hear this kid is the real deal, and I would love to play with him.”  – Mitch Mitchell, 1995

The rise to fame as Hendrix’s illegitimate son was a success; Yeager was featured as a “Cover Story” on WSVN (Miami television) and XS Magazine, Broward’s alternative newspaper. Billy filmed his “Jimi Hendrix / Jimmy Story performance art,” including the “behind the scenes” footage, to be edited into the film Jimmy’s Story.

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“Undoubtedly, Story’s guitar playing is extraordinary. It’s certainly influenced, if not genetically driven, by Hendrix. It’s Story’s voice that is most convincing, a deep, mumbling inflection that will cause most listeners to do a double-take.” Bob Weinberg / XS Magazine

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 “They are blinded, but not with wine. They are drunk and they stagger, but not with wine. To whom shall I give the message? Whom shall speak the message?” Jimmy Story / XS Magazine

Jimmy’s Story was completed in 1997 and it premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 1998, winning “Best Documentary” award.

“An outstanding film that is a remarkable achievement, I can’t imagine how much work went into this very personal original film.” Heath McKnight (Awards ceremony at The Palm Beach International Film Festival)

From 1997 until 2003 Yeager edited over 6 different versions of the film.

The film was described as being  “epic in scale” and a “masterpiece.”

Glenn DeRosa was responsible for much of the filming of the ‘Jimmy Story’ segments; Billy added Glenn as one of the producers of the film in 1996; Billy’s aunt Bunny Yeager was also an associate producer.

 Rick McKay, the award winning filmmaker who is best known for his 2003 documentary “Broadway The Golden Age,” was responsible for discovering Jimmy’s Story.

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“Billy was creating reality television way ahead of his time, I loved the film and I suppose you could thank me for being partially responsible for “Jimmy’s Story.” – Rick McKay

Rick McKay was also attending the Palm Beach International Film Festival with his film “Broadway The Golden Age” and read a small town newspaper article about Billy and his film Jimmy’s Story. Ironically, right after reading the story, he met Billy walking down the street in Lake Worth, Florida, where he was staying at the Gulfstream Motel.

Rick’s film was going to be screening at the DIFF a week later, and Rick asked Billy for a copy of his film. Unbeknownst to Billy, Rick secretly submitted Jimmy’s Story to the Dahlonega International Film Festival.

Heralded as a major achievement Jimmy’s Story won an unprecedented 4-awards at the DIFF, including “Best First Film,” “Best Documentary,” “Best Folk Film” and ” Best First Time Director.”

Dean Treadway, the program director at the DIFF Film Festival stated, “This great film, this near masterpiece of amateur filmmaking, a Sundance reject that deserves to tower above most of their eventual winners, is about one man’s perseverance in believing that there is a better future out there, one that has him doing exactly what he feels he’s meant to do. Out of the 700 films submitted Jimmy’s Story is the one that moved me most to tears of joy and frustration.”

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The Controversial “performance art work.”

Jimmy Story Hoax XS

However, there was a major fallout with the press, that did not embrace Yeager’s performance art work.

The press labeled Yeager’s performance art work simply as a “Hoax.”

Yet within that same retraction letter from XS Magazine they state that Yeager

“was correct” and “proved his point” in that celebrities are more revered than artists, that being famous doesn’t equate to being talented, that the “lost son” of Jimi Hendrix could get more attention than a local musician.”

Miami New Times writer Greg Baker was also quoted about Yeager’s ‘Jimmy Story performance art and media protest’ saying that “I think Yeager wanted to use the media to achieve that end, tearing down the corrupt media industrial complex, which is contributing to the downfall of society, I am all for this sort of thing. I don’t think anybody did anything wrong.” 

Over 20 years later, the media still tries to marginalize Yeager’s “media and pop culture protest”, of course…, after all, they are “the media.”

A Perfect Song

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Yeager’s next feature film was called A Perfect Song which he wrote, produced, directed, acted and also composed all the music.

The film was made with no money. Yeager shaved his head and gained 35 pounds for the lead role. He also performed the role of Lloyd’s brother which he filmed before he shaved his head.

Yeager won best actor at the Delray Beach Film Festival in 2004.

“This film has real charms, what’s great is the sincerity of a creative obsessive character playing a creative obsessive character musing about God and creativity. There are scenes of Lloyd producing ambient music in his gadget studio, plus delightful local color, including Florida fauna and a sympathetic tour of the legendary Coral Castle.”
Delray Beach Film Festival, 2004

The Highwaymen / The Other Side of the Road

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In the early 1990’s an interest in “outsider art,” or art which is created by artists who are outside mainstream society, developed in the art world and in 1995 an article was written for a journal by Jim Fitch who coined the group the “Highwaymen” because of their tactics of traveling I-95 and A1A to sell their artwork.  Not long after this, the New York Times wrote an article on the Florida Highwaymen and two books on the group were published, causing the value of Florida Highwaymen art to skyrocket.

In 1999 Billy Yeager began to seek out all the existing members of the group, including many that were not mentioned in the books that were published.

In 2000 Yeager began painting with the infamous Florida Highwaymen and filmed a documentary called The Highwaymen / The Other Side of the Road.

Gary Brice was the production coordinator and cameraman. Together Gary Brice and Billy worked for over 1 year on the film.

Yeager is the only person ever to have painted with the original Highwaymen Livingston “Castro” Roberts. Yeager’s art is now collectable folk art because of the recognition of his films, music and humanitarian projects.

Jesus of Malibu

Jesus of Malibu

Jesus of Malibu Official Website

 Billy and his wife Anais met in 2005 and spent the next 7 years making their film trilogy Jesus of Malibu.

The film was completed with no financial backing and not even a one person film crew.

Sebastian Beach One Fine Day

 After completing Jesus of Malibu the Yeagers returned back to Florida to produce a documentary surf film resembling the old style surf films from the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

Drew Kampion former editor of SURFER , SURFING, and SURFERS PATH stated, “The wonderful thing about this creative product of the combined wills and imaginations of Anais and Billy Yeager is how profoundly it succeeds in quietly crystallizing an alternative reality in the here and now.”

The film was chosen for the NYC Surf Film Festival and Premiered in 2012.

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The Film that Changed the World

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In 2013 the Yeagers were contacted by Maltese Productions who offered to produce a film documentary about the making of their film Jesus of Malibu.

The Film That Changed the World Official Website

billy yeager anais yeager mindy's wish

Click image below to watch music video created by Nick Duggan and Billy and Anais:

mindys-wish-Billy Yeager 2018

The Yeagers continue to create art, music and films to change the world.

Their mission is to raise consciousness and “help those who cannot help themselves.”

Von Weinberg

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