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Tom Morello

Tom Morello

"Thomas Baptist Morello" or "Tom Morello" (born May 30, 1964) is the guitarist of the band Audioslave, and formerly of Rage Against The Machine. He is acclaimed for his unique guitar style--he was named by ''Rolling Stone'' as one of the 100 greatest guitarists in rock history noted for his outspoken progressive politics.

Morello was born in Harlem, New York. His mother, Mary Morello, is a founder of Parents For Rock And Rap, an anti-censorship group. She was also a teacher at Libertyville High School. His father, Ngethe Njoroge, was a Mau Mau guerrilla and revolutionary. Morello's great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first elected president in Kenya.

Morello grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, at the time a virtually all-white town. There he attended Libertyville High School, where he sang in the chorus and was active in speech and drama club. (One prominent role was Oberon in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream''.)

He showed his political leanings early; in the 1980 mock elections at LHS, he campaigned for a fictitious anarchist "candidate" named Hubie Maxwell, who almost beat ...

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