John J Heartfield

John Heartfield Grandson

My Journey Inspired By My Grandfather

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<em>The Face Of Fascism, 2015</em><br />John J Heartfield

The Face Of Fascism, 2015
John J Heartfield

Donald Trump said he planned to ban Muslims from entering the United States. I immediately thought of my grandfather's famous portrait of Benito Mussolini. I'd never thought about working in political montage like my grandfather. But, now, I felt I had no choice.

<em>God Helps Those With Common Sense</em><br />John J Heartfield

God Helps Those With Common Sense
John J Heartfield

No amount of money from big oil will save the planet when global warming results in unimaginable suffering. It is incredible that the United States has a congress that has no ability to think logically. The same science that makes our comfortable lives possible is shouting our existence is in danger. Why aren't our "leaders" listening?

<em>Republican Do Nothing Congress Endless Hearings</em><br />John J Heartfield

Republican Do Nothing Congress Endless Hearings
John J Heartfield

Global warming. Worldwide Terrorism. Hunger In America. The Shrinking Middle Class. Important? No. Endless committees on Hillary Clinton's email. The Republican Congress is obsessed with playing politics instead of working on real issues. Apologies to Ms. Ono. I used her in the montage for absurdity. I'm actually an admirer.

Born Yesterday
John J Heartfield

The song Born Yesterday is not from the musical One Hand! I'm writing about my grandfather's cinematic life and times. Samples of One Hand! will be available this year.

I wrote Born Yesterday in 2011 during Occupy Wall Street. I believe in capitalism and a democratic system. But, greed capitalism, the pursuit of personal and corporate wealth at any cost, threatens our existence. Capitalists must create opportunity for others. Capitalists must protect our environment.

Born Yesterday is performed by FounD: John J Heartfield, vocals; Marty Brounstein; acoustic guitar.

John Heartfield grandson John J Heartfield, Italy, 1960
(L-R) John J Heartfield with his grandfather, John Heartfield, Italy, circa 1960.

My Journey Inspired By My Grandfather
By John J Heartfield

My grandfather has always been my inspiration. I think of him whenever I’m afraid to do what’s right. Then I thank him. Not for giving me courage, but for teaching me that fear can never a good reason to stop fighting for what your believe.
I started music lessons at eleven. My father made the unfortunate choice of accordion as my first instrument. After three years of ump-pah-pah, I was allowed to move on to keyboards. I’ve written more than 200 original songs.
I became fascinated with writing a musical about my grandfather’s cinematic life and times in 2015.

The musical One Hand! is in full development. I’ll feature trailers from the musical here this year.
My other passion is writing, both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve always loved mystery novels. My mystery novel Controlling Time has been described as a cross between a Philip K. Dick novel and a Jason Bourne adventure. I’ll take that review.
Finally, I always joke it’s a good thing I didn’t inherit any of my grandfather’s ability in one area or I’d have less hours in the day that I do now. I literally cannot draw a straight line. However, I was inspired by my grandfather to put together some Photoshop collages by words and actions that have become popular in American politics since 2016.
As curator of The Official John Heartfield Exhibition, A Powerful Art Museum it isn’t simply my only goal to increase my grandfather’s recognition and renown. Clearly, the message is his work, that fascism is inevitable when propaganda is mistaken for reality, is as relevant today as it was in the early 20th Century.
The German government institutions that hold the majority of my grandfather’s art have the belief that pieces of his work are treasured relics to be preserved. I know he would kick down the doors of those institutions to get his messages to the people. And, knowing him as I did, I wouldn’t want to be standing between him and those doors.