"Bring that shit in! Uggh!
Yeah the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out uggh!"
These are the opening lyrics to one of Rage Against the Machine's most popular songs. All of their lyrics were written by their vocalist, Zack de la Rocha, an angry Chicano American from Orange County. He was born on January 12, 1970 in Long Beach, California to Beto and Olivia de la Rocha. When Zack was barely a year old, Olivia separated from Beto because of their differences in religious ideals. Olivia moved away from Beto in Long Beach to study for her PhD in Anthropology at The University of California's campus in Irvine. Beto was a well known Chicano artist, and a founding member of the political art group the "Los Four", who were most well known for their work on the early Chicano mural movement, which included the blunt slogan at the bottom of each of their works "Chicano art existe!" or "here we are!" (ZDR Network). During grade school in Irvine, he met Tim Commerford, Rage Against the Machine's future bassist. They became friends after Tim taught Zack how to steal food from the school's cafeteria. In high school he became involved in the punk and hardcore scene and played guitar and sang for a straight edge band called Hardstance. His interest in bands like the Sex Pistols and Bad Religion turned into an appreciation for other bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains and The Teen Idles (Wikipedia). He later formed a band called Inside Out in August of 1988, with de la Rocha as the lead vocalist. They gained popularity in the pubs they played at and eventually released a record, "No Spiritual Surrender," in 1991 with Revelation Records and went on a small tour with two other bands.
"...was about completely detaching ourselves from society to see ourselves as... as spirits, and not bowing down to a system that sees you as just another pebble on a beach. I channeled all my anger out through that band" - Zack de...