"Pit Bull Blues" Video Defends Maligned Breed and Soars in Popularity

Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) September 18, 2009 -- Video Director, and animal rights advocate, Jeff Fleiss released the official music video for John Shipe’s “Pit Bull Blues” on July 14th. The immediate response was overwhelmingly positive in light of current events relating to Pit Bull Terriers.

Before Fleiss posted the video on You Tube, grass roots demand was high for an official version of “Pit Bull Blues.” The song had been adopted as an anthem by advocacy groups around the world, in protest of canine abuse, Breed Specific Legislation, and the high-profile case of ex-Falcon quarterback Michael Vick.

Re-postings and uploads of the song now amount to over a million hits, appearing on many websites, and in several homemade videos and slideshows widely circulated on the internet.

Jeff’s official video version is the only one featuring Shipe as performer. It includes a handful of celebrity cameos, and enjoys the blessing of reputable Pit Bull rescue operations and animal shelters.

Of the project, Jeff Fleiss says: “The one thing that I learned from making this video is that you can’t go wrong with a great song.”

“Pit Bull Blues” is included on two CD compilations and as part of the soundtrack for two documentary films, including Vicktory to the Underdog, produced by Brandon Bond, the Atlanta-based tattoo artist involved with rescuing several of the Pit Bulls formerly belonging to Michael Vick.

Appearing in the video is pit bull rescuer and celebrity Linda Blair, who runs Linda Blair’s World Heart Foundation. Also appearing is local celebrity Dog Man’s pit bull training class. Dog Man works in South Los Angeles devoting himself to teaching the proper rearing and socialization of the breed.

John Shipe is a singer/songwriter from Eugene, Oregon. He has released 8 albums in a 15-year career, and he tours extensively, both as a solo artist and with bands.

Jeff Fleiss, based in Los Angeles, California, is an activist for the Pit Bull breed and founder of the production company Doggy TV. He created the Animal News Network which features breaking global human/animal interest stories about animal activism, health & rescue.

Jeff also produces Rescue Roundtable, hosted by Mary Catalano, and co-produces Critter Crusades with host Missy Woodward. He has taped hundreds of hours of non-profit events, protests, public humane forums, Los Angeles Animal Services Commission hearings, and political rallies.

Contact: John Shipe 541-521-5111 JohnShipe@webracadabra.com http://www.JohnShipe.com

Press Release Submitted On: September 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm
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