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August 26th, 2000 12:00 AM

Sleep Now In The Fire

Dear friends,

My first video for the band "Rage Against the Machine" has been nominated as "Best Rock Video of the Year" by MTV. The annual MTV Video Music Awards will be telecast live from Radio City Music Hall on September 7. The video is for the song, "Sleep Now In the Fire", and is infamous for the band's performance across from the New York Stock Exchange (which they succeeded in forcing the place to lock its doors during the middle of the trading day) and the police detaining yours truly for an hour until I persuaded them to keep my 100% no-arrest record intact.

Well, that exhilarating experience has now led to my second video for Rage -- and it's premiere is TODAY, Friday, August 25, on MTV's "Total Request Live," airing between 3pm and 4:30pm ET. It's for the song, "Testify," and I think most of you will really enjoy it. It tells the story of a group of aliens from another planet who decide to conquer Earth by sending a mutant gene here that splits into two heads -- with both of them running for president of the United States! They say the same exact things like they both support the death penalty and NAFTA and more Pentagon spending -- and the pundits actually believe that they are two separate and distinct beings! Although I realize this could never happen and that intelligent humans would recognize such a ruse, I thought it would look cool to morph the "two" candidates into one person.

The politics and content of such a video is unlike anything you will see either on MTV or the rest of the corporate media during this election season. So, you won't want to miss this -- before the owners of MTV (Viacom) yanks it off the air! The video names names regarding the big donors to Gore and Bush and how much they have spent to buy these "two" candidates. The video also addresses a host of issues ignored in the election babble, such as what our sanctions are doing to the people of Iraq. Plus, the video contains footage of Rage playing outside the Democratic Convention in L.A. and the police riot that ensued afterward.

So watch MTV today between 3pm and 4:30pm (I think it will run shortly after 4pm) and then vote for the video to get MTV to keep playing it (you can vote -- only during the show's hours -- by calling 1-800-dialMTV, or log onto their website to vote at: If you don't get MTV and want to see the video, check my web site later on Friday ( or the Rage site (

It was something I had fun doing during these dog days of summer. Hope you enjoy it!


Michael Moore

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P.S. An encore run of the entire 2000 season of "The Awful Truth" begins on October 6 on Bravo (Canadians will see it on their Bravo beginning Sept. 9). The home video of the first season goes on sale Oct. 3! More info to follow...

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