Friday, April 28, 2006

Neil Young's protest songs are free-streaming today at his site.

Unfortunately, I have sucky dialup. I got to hear enough, though, that I know I'd like the CD. Isn't Mother's Day right around the corner? Young's Anti-War Album a Growing Drumbeat By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY The Associated Press Thursday, April 20, 2006; 1:34 PM NEW YORK -- If the snippets Neil Young is posting on his Web site are any indication, his upcoming album, "Living With War," will be a serious musical broadside against the Bush administration and the Iraq war. Young isn't alone in his feelings of discontent. Pink, known more for her slams against bubble-headed pop stars than political figures, assails President Bush in the searing attack "Dear Mr. President" on her album "I'm Not Dead Yet," released this month. And the new single from Pearl Jam _ always politically minded _ is titled "World Wide Suicide," about a soldier's death. All represent a steady, if not increasing anti-war sentiment since the war began in 2003. Whereas even superstar acts like the Dixie Chicks and Madonna faced backlash when they uttered opposition to the war in comments or song, more mainstream acts are more comfortable these days expressing critical thoughts. "People were, certainly in the first couple of months, very cautious, and they are less so now," said Sean Ross at Edison Media Research, which conducts research for radio stations and others. "So it took people time to get past whether they were willing to say things." After the 9/11 attacks, Young released the song "Let's Roll," about the passengers who helped prevent United flight 93 from reaching its target that day. It was embraced as a patriotic message during a time of crisis. The few songs that did touch the topic at that time were also patriotic _ Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" and Paul McCartney's "Freedom." But Young was also an early opponent of the war. And on "Living in War," the rock legend expresses his frustration in blunt songs such as "Let's Impeach the President." Justin Sane from the rock group Anti-Flag, which has been active in its opposition to the war and President Bush, said artists have always been at the forefront of social change, and expressing political views in song is a way to bring attention to issues being overlooked in the mainstream media. "It's left to artists to make the statements that should be getting put into the public discourse that are not," he said. If there's a growing number of artists expressing their opinions about the war, Sane said, it's because "people who may have ignored it before can no longer ignore it, and artists who ignored it before can no longer ignore it. ... It just becomes something that is this white elephant in the country and I don't think artists can ignore it any longer." Still, songs with a political context remain in the minority, and there hasn't been an overwhelming indictment of the war or Bush in a multitude of songs. "The acid test will be when there is some anti-war commentary on country radio," Ross said. "That hasn't happened yet." ___ On the Net: LISTEN! You're gonna 'specially like the song on consumerism, I think, #3.

9 comments:

Th3Yungin said...

They mention anti-flag! I'm going to see them again this summer!!

I'm sure you'll be getting that, either for mother's day, or your birthday...

Oldnovice said...

Woo-hoo!

Diane said...

"The acid test will be when there is some anti-war commentary on country radio," Ross said. "That hasn't happened yet."

LMAO! Full-blooded country music lover here, living smack-dab in the middle of redneck territory. It hasn't happened and I don't see it happening anytime in the near future. ;-)

Wish I didn't have sucky dial-up, too. I'm not even going to attempt it because I know it would time out for me. I like Neil Young. Ooh, I should send the link to my mom. She's your age (58) and a liberal, Anita-type of gal. If you like it, I *know* she'd love it.

Oldnovice said...

Ooh, I should send the link to my mom. She's your age (58) and a liberal, Anita-type of gal. If you like it, I *know* she'd love it.

While you're at it, ask her if she wants to receive left-wing propaganda by Email. If she does, I'll put her on some lists. :-) I'd suggest that you invite her to the blog, but I suspect you're trying to channel a separate identity.

I think the songs will eventually spread to the country music stations...in particular the one about consumerism, but maybe even the one about impeachment. Keep an ear on it, though; our radios don't get country music. :-)

Diane said...

Nope, not being anything but myself here. She already knows I'm an idiot. I'll send her a link to here. Don't know if she's much of an internet conversationalist, though. Man, conversationalist is a long word to type. Blabber. Yeah, I'll stick with blabber from now on.

Oldnovice said...

Even sucky dialup got me Peace Takes Courage. I started the load, minimized it, did other things online, came back and stopped the load (think it was spinning), and got to hear Tracy (as in Chapman) singing The Promise as a slide-show of servicemen/servicewomen and their families flashed across the screen.

Of course I'm a sucker for any anti-war theme because there's no winner in war, IMO, but this one was particularly touching. Thanks, Bruce, for sending this.

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