Dunedin's Wolfman pens song for Pussy Riot

 

Madonna, Bjork, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and now Dunedin's Wolfman Stuey.

The bearded banjo player, like his famous music counterparts, is calling for the release of members of the Russian feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot.

But Wolfman Stuey, whose real name is Stuey Mitchell, has gone one better.

He has penned the song Free Pussy Riot, with the chorus "Free Pussy Riot, do it Russia do, free Pussy Riot, we all watching you", and posted it on the internet.

Three members of the group were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, following a performance inside a Moscow church of their song Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away and last month sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Wolfman Stuey said he was disappointed some members of the group were convicted for religious hatred against the Russian Orthodox Church.

"I am just waiting for the church to get charged with hatred towards women, but that ain't going to happen."

He hoped Prime Minister John Key, who would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of Apec members in Vladivostok, Russia, this weekend, would listen to his song and pass on his concern.

Wolfman Stuey, who has played the banjo for two decades, is not interested in selling music: "I just want people to have a good time."

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