Crowley, Michael
November 2004
New Republic;11/8/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 19, p38
The article looks at the connection between rock music and politics. Rock has never been more in bed with politics. "Rolling Stone" has grown as lustily anti-President George W. Bush as "The Nation." Rock icons like Bruce Springsteen, REM, the Dave Matthews Band, and Pearl Jam teamed up for a MoveOn-sponsored "Vote for Change" tour of major swing states. Meanwhile, Music Television is running an election documentary hosted by hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who has started a registration campaign with the arresting slogan "Vote or Die." Popular music has not been this socially conscious in 40 years--not since Vietnam and the civil rights movement produced the polemical likes of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. It is hard to tell whether these rockers are actually accomplishing anything, but there is certainly evidence that young voters are jazzed for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.


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