Politics And Music

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

I have a confession to make: I love Neil Young’s music. I am a fan of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty, among a pantheon of other leftist musicians.

Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me at all that the music I find so entertaining every day as I listen to it while I work was written and/or performed by some liberal wacko. If I were to boycott every entertainer whose politics I disagree with, I would end up having to lock myself in some sort of self-imposed solitary confinement, where I would most assuredly go completely insane, as I currently tend to go a little crazy if I go just a short time without some good music playing in the background.

And while I don’t always agree with the message, I like the music. I enjoy songs like Ohio or Born in the U.S.A, regardless of how much I might disagree with the message. I like good music, and most of the time, I’m willing to look beyond politics, because I want to be entertained.

But at the same time, when I’m looking for good music that entertains me, it bothers me when my entertainment decision is made political. I own a lot of Neil Young’s and Bruce Springsteen’s albums, but I won’t be buying any more – I made that decision a few years ago when Young released his anti-war album Living With War back in 2006, and again when I heard Springsteen’s laughable and cringe-worthy Obama campaign song. As a classic rock addict, I know that I will never give up the music that I grew up with, and am still addicted to today, but at the same time, I don’t really care for it when musicians decide to make my entertainment decisions political.

Continue reading here.


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