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My Guest today is: Trevor LaBonte who just played with Gilad Atzmon in Austin and Houston. Gilad wrote this: “The War Against Trevor (LaBonte)
Gilad Atzmon interviews Trevor Labonte

Until two years ago, Trevor LaBonte was one of the most successful Jazz artists in Texas. He had been performing every night and in the most prestigious venues. He was the first-call guitar player for many of Austin’s prominent musicians. But then it all changed.

Gilad Atzmon: Trevor you were a local Jazz hero, what happened?

Trevor LaBonte: An activist named Craig Berlin, owner of Pro-Tape Staff in Austin, organized a campaign to destroy my career by terrorizing the entire Austin music community. He creates Facebook posts in which he tags 50 or 60 important people in town, and reports to them that I am a ‘Nazi,’ an ‘Anti-Semite,’ and a ‘holocaust denier.’ Berlin demands that everyone must do everything in their power to make sure I never play another note in public. At first, most people ignored him, but then others took up his cause, including the radio DJ Andy Langer from KGSR, helping to make sure I have become a hate figure and completely ostracized.

Let me understand correctly, you didn’t publish a book or even an article, all that vile campaign against you was launched because you expressed some thoughts on your own Facebook page? Is it correct?

Yes, that's what happened.

How have your friends reacted to this onslaught?

They are confused and afraid, mostly. Many of them quietly agree with at least some of what I say, and they are still friends with me. Anyone who tries to stick up for me, or just moderate the witch hunt against me, risks being similarly attacked themselves.

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