Darryl Cherney

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Darryl Cherney
Darryl Cherney playing guitar.jpg
Darryl Cherney playing guitar, May 2015
Born1956 (age 62–63)
OccupationMusician and activist
Political partyGreen

Darryl Cherney (born 1956) is a musician and environmental activist. He is a member of the Earth First! environmental movement. He lives in Humboldt County, California.

Cherney has produced five albums of his own political satire, and founded Environmentally Sound Promotions and Churn It Up Records. Together with Greg King, he co-founded[when?] the movement to save what eventually became the federally protected Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka, California. He organized four rallies in support of Julia Butterfly Hill's two-year tree sit. He organized the Redwood Summer campaign with Judi Bari.

One of Cherney's songs, "Where Are We Gonna Work (When the Trees Are Gone?)", has been covered by Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon on their album Prairie Home Invasion.

Political campaigns[edit]

Cherney ran for Congress in the 1988 Democratic primary, where he met fellow activist Judi Bari.

Cherney ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2016. He ran a "no money in politics" campaign on social media, featuring the hashtag #FeelTheChern.

Pipe bomb and aftermath[edit]

On May 24, 1990, Cherney was injured when a pipe bomb exploded in the car he and Judi Bari were traveling in. Bari was severely injured by the explosion. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which accused Bari and Cherney of bombing themselves. Bari and Cherney subsequently sued the FBI and Oakland Police agents for violations of the United States Constitution. Cherney and the late Bari's estate were awarded $4.4 million for violations of the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and the Fourth Amendment (the right to be free from unlawful arrest and illegal search and seizure).

In 2012, Cherney told KHUM radio that he does not consider himself an "extremist," preferring the term "radical."[citation needed] In 2012, Cherney's documentary film Who Bombed Judi Bari? was released.[1] There is an ongoing lawsuit against the FBI to prevent it from destroying evidence that could contain the bomber's DNA, and Cherney indicated in a Democracy Now interview that he believes the FBI was guilty of not only framing him and Judi but of a cover-up.[2] Cherney has stated elsewhere that “I believe the bomber is findable.”[1] In October 2012, Cherney announced a $50,000 reward “for information leading to the identification, arrest, prosecution and incarceration of the person or persons responsible for the attempted assassination of Judi Bari by placing a bomb under the seat of her car.”[3]


  • I Had To Be Born This Century (Churn It Up Records, 1987, 2004)[4]
  1. Earth First
  2. Where Are We Gonna Work When the Trees Are Gone?
  3. Chernobyl Blues
  4. Houses and Cars
  5. Sunshine On The Mountain
  6. The Ballad of BLM
  7. It's Camp
  8. The Eel River Flood of 1986
  9. Give 'Em Hell, Sally Bell
  10. Sinkyone
  11. Big Mountain Will Not Fall
  12. Aileen
  13. The True Value Hardware Country Showdown (at the Fortuna Rodeo)
  14. Spit Out the Lights
  15. Mosquito Party
  • They Sure Don't Make Hippies Like They Used To (Churn It Up Records, 1989, 2004)[4]
  1. Xerox the Money
  2. The Board of Forestry Song
  3. Potter Valley Mill
  4. Earth First ! Maid
  5. You Can't Clearcut Your Way to Heaven
  6. Free the Dead
  7. We're All Dead Ducks
  8. The Ballad of Don Hodel
  9. They Sure Don't Make Hippies Like They Used To
  10. The Ballad of the Lonesome Tree Spiker
  11. Knocking on Extinctions Door
  12. Stop The War (Rod MacDonald)
  13. Running For My Life
  14. Where's Bosco?
  15. Spike a Tree for Jesus
  16. This Monkeywrench of Mine
  • Timber (Churn It Up Records, 1991, 2004) - with Judi Bari & George Shook[4]
  1. On The Edge
  2. Maxxam's On The Horizon
  3. Where Are We Gonna Work When The Trees Are Gone?
  4. L-P (sung by Judi Bari) (Bari/Lyons)
  5. Swimming 'Cross The Rio Grande
  6. El Pio (Cherney/Shook)
  7. Who Bombed Judi Bari?
  8. Earth First!
  9. He Looked A Whole Lot Like Jesus (Roselle/Cherney)
  10. Arizona Power Lines
  11. Living On Borrowed Time
  12. Earth Night Action (Roselle/Cherney)
  13. You Can't Clearcut Your Way To Heaven
11. You Can't Clearcut Your Way To Heaven - Darryl Cherney
  • Who Bombed Judi Bari? (soundtrack, 1997)[4]
  • White Tribal Music (Churn It Up Records, 1999)[4]
  1. White Tribal Music
  2. Reggae On The River Revolutionary
  3. Grants Pass
  4. One Ton Of Marijuana
  5. Xerox The Money
  6. Ballad Of Jan Iris
  7. Potter Valley Mill
  8. The FBI Stole My Fiddle
  9. Price William Sound
  10. There Really Is A Fire Out There
  11. Box Of Wine
  12. Jesus Was A Mushroom
  13. Five Billion Turds A Day
  14. Entropy
  15. You Can't Clearcut Your Way To Heaven
  1. Bush It!
  2. Send George Bush a Pretzel
  • Real American (Churn It Up Records, 2004) - Darryl Cherney & The Chernobles[4]
  1. Earth First! (We'll Log the Other Planets Later)
  2. The Great Medford, Oregon Potato Gun Massacree
  3. The Ghosts of Mississippi
  4. Bush It!
  5. Sovereign Nation
  6. Sell It On eBay
  7. Take Away My Name
  8. Fire
  9. Steelworker Blues
  10. I'm Gonna Run for President
  11. The Beach at Galveston
  12. Send George Bush a Pretzel
  13. Take Me To Belize


  1. ^ a b Judi Bari documentary at film festival
  2. ^ Judi Bari Revisited: New Film Exposes FBI Coverup of 1990 Car Bombing (Part 1 of 2)
  3. ^ Tim Phillips, "Earth First! Activist Darryl Cherney Announces Reward for Information Related to Attempted Assassination of Judi Bari", Activist Defense, November 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cherney, Darryl (2004). "Darryl Cherney Music". asis.com/darrylcherney. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Various Artists, Cockburn, Hank Williams, Joanne Rand - If a Tree Falls - Amazon.com Music". amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Daryl Cherney & Chernobles - Bush It Send George Bush a Pretzel - Amazon.com Music". amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.

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