Thursday, August 26, 2004

"Rock should never be in bed with politics."

Interesting points made by Alice Cooper. I know a lot of singers will make political statements, Steppen Wolf comes to mind, and that is cool; but should rock stars back specific politicians? If they do, they should not be surprised if they get flack from their fans. I like Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, R.E.M., and Sheryl Crow; but it really surprised me when I heard about their tour to get Bush out of office. Their songs often talk about how the system is keeping them down. If they wanted to write a song to condemn something, like Steppenwolf's Draft Resister, I may have enjoyed it. The reason is it did not say one side was better than the other, it was just saying he despised the man and this is why. I can respect that.

Make a political statement without supporting one side or the other. If they are against the war, go on a tour to end the war. When it comes to the war, Bush led the troops, but Kerry voted to go to war in Iraq. Let the fan read into the music what they want, and let them vote how they want.

Hat tip from Frank J.


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