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Saturday, March 25, 2006

WHERE ARE THE PROTEST SINGERS

When there was an unjust war 40 years ago (Vietnam) the airwaves were filled with protest songs. Everyone was questioning the authority of America invading a country for no justified reason, other than a feigned fear of "Communism."

Today we have invaded another country under the feigned fear of "terrorist Iraq." We are stuck in a quagmire. Bush took advantages of the thousands of young Americans who signed up for the military after 9-11, who thought they were signing up for Afghanistan, only to be sent to Iraq to blow up and kill innocent citizens whose country had NOTHING to do with 9-11.

Hell I even daydreamed about how nice it would be to point a gun in a misogynist Taliban member's face and say "ha! ha! justice for women around the world!" Thank God I didn't act on that feel-good daydream.


We should all be pissed off and angry. Instead when we turn on the radio we hear about "your body being a wonderland" and whatever else in the hell Clear Channel thinks is "suitable" for our ears.

Why aren't there protest singers? where in the hell are they? Could it be that the airwaves have been monopolized (under Clinton's Telecommunications Act of 1996) is why we hear no protest songs?

I suppose so. Wow man, what a sad time.

6 Comments:

At 11:28 AM, Blogger VenusNewYork said...

Deepak Chopra says we have to sell peace like others sell Marlboro or Coke. Dali Lama seeks peace with peace. Ghandi too. If we want to sell peace we have to Kick Ass. I think if we want peace we have to stop buying diamonds and gas and even coke and mcdonalds. When the big corporations are depleted, there will be no use for the resources of the invaded. One thing that is certain, those who seek peace have got to stick together. So please know that you inspired me to join a webring for peace today. You reminded me to think about why we don't have peace. As for as protest singers the airways are a problem. Never fear there are artists for peace. See "http://www.artistsforpeace.com/" and http://q.webring.com/wrman?ring=worldpeacewebri1;sid=2;addsite

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger banana said...

well said. my mantra as a left-wing law student is:

what is the difference between a Republican and a left-wing lawyer?


Republicans want to Bankrupt America;
Left-Wing Lawyers want to Bankrupt Corporations

:-)
i can't wait

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Pete Bogs said...

they are out there, but in a different guise than the past... the new protest singers aren't folk singers, but rock bands... check out Green Day's "American Idiot" or System Of A Down's "BYOB" for starters... the problem with these bands is, you have to listen harder to understand the lyrics... they're no Pete Seeger songs... these guys wail...

after getting sick of my radio stations playing the same songs, I went to some contemporary stations, and was very pleased with what I heard, from a protest point of view...

great blog!

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger banana said...

yes, well i have an ipod, and was trying to find some contemporary protest songs on i-tunes today, but didn't know where to even begin looking.

the problem is that the clear channel-owned mainstream radio stations should provide a launching pad for you to find out what the good songs are and then you can buy them for yourself, but I just don't know what they are.

once I heard a Cheryl Crow (spelled?) song that was anti-war in iraq. I heard it a couple of years ago once on the radio and then never heard it again.

I can just see an office in Clear Channels headquarters, where the workers do nothing but listen intently to all the songs before they approve them for playing across their American radio stations. if there is anything in there anti-Bush or anti-war or whatever, forget ever hearing it on a mainstream contemporary top-40 radio station.

forget it ever reaching the masses.

i can hear my indie radio station owning friends saying "well don't listen. just listen to our indie radio station"

that's great and all, but my point is -- we need those songs on teh top 40 stations to wake up average joe out of his trance as he's driving himself to and from work.
you know?

and for god's sakes. i love bob dylan, buffalo springfield, etc. and i enjoy these anti-war protest songs and stuff, but I would like to hear some from my contemporaries. some that everyone in America knows, you know?

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger fitzythecat said...

The greatest Rock & Roll band that has ever been (second only to the Beatles) is the Rolling Stones. These die-hards are still kickin', touring & recording. On their last album, I understand that they cut a tune entitled "Sweet Neo-Con". I have never heard the song. Why?? .....Because the radio stations don't play it. Resistance to the Bush dictatorship is hitting the mainstream. Most of Hollywood routinely speaks out against him. You hear it everywhere. The cable news stations are covering censor & impeachment stories. Peoploe openly talk in public about how lousey this idiot has been doing his job. I can't believe how many people have told me, "I voted for the guy, but I don't like what he has done & what he is doing, now." To defend Bush is to look like your marching in step & the rest of the World is marching out-of-step.
When it gets to be mainstream dialouge in the music industry, hopefully the musicians will follow. So far, they have been about as cowardly as 90% of all elected Democrats.

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Dennis said...

In response to your comment;
Why aren't there protest singers? where in the hell are they?
Check out the song No Win War at http://www.fojom.com

 

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