Vedder Bothered How Post 9.11 Unity Became Blind Patriotism

Tom Moon of the Philadelphia Inqurer caught up with frontman Eddie Vedder who explained the political overtones on the group’s new album ‘Riot Act’. Vedder recognizes it’s out of step with the culture right now, and that suits him. “Right after 9/11, there was this sense of unity that was deeply moving,” says the singer. “But what bothered me was how quickly that became a blind patriotism. I remember a few days after the attacks realizing that the progress being made on the environment and other issues was going to take a hit, and it seemed like even questioning that was anti-American. Well, it’s not anti-American to be critical of the government… We wanted to put some ideas out there that might help create an open and honest debate.”

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