David Browne of Entertainment Weekly is wondering if musicians are now afraid to protest the war in Iraq, and the continuing silence of rockers against war — a much different sentiment than in the ’60s. Browne writes, “Granted, the current scenario is much more complex than it was in the ’60s or the Ronnie-talk-to-Russia ’80s. Pop’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks was a slew of songs that ranged from ruminative to jingoistic, an accurate reflection of the varied ways in which we all attempted to deal with that devastation. But with war seemingly around the bend, and the Bush Administration more than eager to get on with it, you’d think the pop community would rally a little.” Read more.
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