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Music and Politics

October 20, 2012

This week’s blog post is going to center around our Rock Question Of The Week. Would an artist writing a song about a political candidate make you vote for that candidate?

We ask that questions because Consequence Of Sound reported that Bruce Springsteen, at the request of President Obama, wrote a “rally song” for the President’s current campaign. You can see the video with the report from Consequence Of Sound.

Photo from ultimateclassicrock.com

Some artists have been part of the political spectrum for this upcoming Presidential Election. NME reported  while Foo Fighters were playing at the Democratic National Convention, the band dedicated the song “My Hero” to President Obama; and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello wrote an article for Rolling Stone criticizing Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan for liking his band.

Given those instances of artists and bands voicing their opinion, and contributing to the public forum of political discussion, how does it affect your vote, if at all? Let us know in the comments section.

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One Comment
  1. Music can certainly rally the troops. But that’s all I think a song by Springsteen (or any other mainstream popular musician) would do at present, just since we have such a divided two-party system in this country, with both sides entrenched with their people. Music can certainly make a difference though- punk and rap have helped many express important ideas. Someone once told me that music is the most influential of all the arts- unsure if I agree, but I don’t disagree.

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