Posted by: Mark Nielsen | June 25, 2010

Old Rockers Still Gettin’ Political

“We live in a political world
Love don’t have any place
We’re living in times where men commit crimes
And crime don’t have a face”

Did Bob forsee faceless BP crimes twenty years ago?

I poked around at RollingStone.com today, surprised to find it suddenly relevant again with the Gen. McChrystal story.  RS has always had good (if liberal-leaning) political hard news, especially when William Greider is the reporter.

But as is my habit, I got distracted by all the music stuff.

On the other hand, some of the photos and stories I encountered reminded me that the line between music and politics is getting thin again, thanks in no small part to the 60s and 70s-era fogies who lend their support to good messages and causes: hunger prevention, immigration policy, animal anti-cruelty, Third World debt relief, and peace.

Pete Seeger (June 2010, age 91 !!! at anti-hunger benefit)- THIS man's been doin' it since the Depression! God bless him...

Here’s a few more photos to solidify my point. While Lady Gaga got booted from the hated Yankees’ locker room last week for drunken obscenity, these old Masters have moved on to less idiotic pursuits.

Shakira... not so old, but pretty pissed about Arizona's immigration law.

Obama awarding McCartney the Lib. of Congress Gershwin Prize.

Don't piss off Chrissie Hynde, McDonald's, or she'll "show you what that hole is for..."

Paul Simon and Joan Baez perform at the 2010 Children's Health Fund Benefit in New York City, June 2, 2010.

We can’t save everyone. But can we in good conscience re

Bono clowns for Barack, but he's dead serious about poverty in the developing world.

main silent?

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” -John Lennon
 
 
“I’m talking with the Man in the Mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. ” -Michael Jackson

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