Sunday, July 25, 2004

"Hey, rockers, keep protests in your songs"

So here's a timely article in light of all the turmoil regarding the intersection of music and politics from San Jose Mercury News by Joe Rodriguez:

"Sure, rockers and other celebrities have the right to stick their free speech in our ears. And it's perfectly legal for concert managers to cancel shows for fear of violence, just as it is for corporate sponsors to end endorsement deals with superstar athletes who are charged with rape.
The Ronstadt incident in Vegas brings up a lost and honorable tradition: If musicians want to stop a war or start a revolution, they should do it with a song -- not a political speech.

``All we are saying, is give peace a chance!''

Does anyone remember the lectures John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued in bed against the Vietnam War? No, but thousands upon thousands could sing their nine-word chorus in tune and without missing a step in anti-war marches."

More on today's music and protest songs - or lack thereof.


At 8/26/2004 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Weatherman said...

Rocker Alice Cooper:


"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

"Besides," he continued, "when I read the list of people who are supporting Kerry, if I wasn't already a Bush supporter, I would have immediately switched. Linda Ronstadt? Don Henley? Geez, that's a good reason right there to vote for Bush."

At 3/04/2005 09:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gee, I had no idea that Alice Cooper is such a cool guy!


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