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 Post subject: Musicians against the War
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2003 1:38 pm 
Godzilla
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So there's been a lot of talk lately, both in this USAToday.com article http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2003-02-27-community_x.htm and in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly about musicians against the war. Each article brings up the Grammys, and what a weak representation of dissent there was (Fred Durst's infamous 'agreeance', Sheryl Crow's guitar strap that said 'No War,' Chris Martin of Coldplay singing "We're all going to die when George Bush gets his way.")

However, there's been no mention of Ted Leo's latest album, where many of the songs are about the post Sept. 11 world, and the realities of war.

So the question is, what other indie or little-known bands or artists are out there, voicing their opinion about the war?


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 Post subject: Anti-War Artists...
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2003 4:11 pm 
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It seems that many artists have quietly voiced anti-war opinions but very few have had such a widey watched and distributed venue such as the grammy's. This still doesn't explain why very few artists who did have th opportunity used it. Sheryl Crow has said that the Grammy commitee was very nervouse of her doing anything remotely resembling free-speech and they supoposedly contacted her management to try to get her to tone her anti-war sentiment down.

British musicians have been much more vocal in the last year including Blur, Massive Attack, Coldplay and a few others. Eddie Vedder had been quoted during the most recent presidential elections that if Bush was elected he'd have to leave the country, yet he's still here and being fairly silent in his opposition. Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has said some very strange things, all very much against the war, including that he thinks Bush is going to cause the very destruction of the world.

So far its been America's movie stars who have done, and said more, mainly because they're more able to act as individuals without huge multinational music corparations watching their every move like many of the cowed music artists out there. We'll see if anymore artists speak up soon....

Seth


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