Bill Madden is a musician and activist who lives in the Lower East Side / Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. Spirituality, human & civil rights, the environment and stories of fearless, open -minded people who challenge tradition fuel his art. A politically engaged poet and world citizen, Madden’s work reflects an individual in search of truth and justice.
Madden’s musical influences are wide - ranging and include the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Bill Holiday, Serge Gainsbourg, Violeta Parra, Silvio Rodriguez, and nueva canción and nueva trova. His lyrical influences the poetry of Dylan Thomas, E.E. Cummings, Pablo Neruda and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as the philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Campbell and Albert Camus.
His recently released new album titled “New Religion”, is a beautifully crafted piece of work. One that resembles that of Aldous Huxley “Brave New World”. It should come as no surprise that much of his lyrical ability not only is a reflection of his great talent, but a personal insight into Madden’s active life as an activist for human rights and global issues.
Madden is best known for his environmental song and music video Gone which was in rotation on television networks, mtvU in American and MuchMusic in Canada. His socially conscious films/music videos have received numerous international awards.
We were fortunate to meet up with Madden this week in his own neighborhood of Chinatown to chat about his new album and have him share with us in his own words - what’s the meaning of life?
Opening of the Picasso retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London (1960)
Tate Gallery - Picasso