Is music political?

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Postby Jake » Tue Jun 18, 2002 7:50 am

I think "How could you run when you know? [that your own government is trying to kill you]?" is a pretty fucking potent starting off point for political discourse. That combined with the impact of an idea like "We're finally on our own" makes Ohio much more than a song that's just stating the obvious.

Too bad the fucking Boomers sold us out and became just as bad if not worse than the Nixon administration.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Jun 18, 2002 1:02 pm

I still think of brilliant music (or art, books, films, etc) as transcending politics simply by being truthful and discounting the status quo. Take Devo - they weren't overtly political, but the picture they painted of American consumer society was so twisted and disturbing it became political criticism.

Same thing with Diane Arbus - her photos weren't political, but the images of everyday people as scary monsters made a potent political statement. Art doesn't have to be propaganda to be political.

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Postby Joshua » Tue Jun 18, 2002 1:28 pm

I think Shecky's been playing too much Medal of Honor: Frontline. It looks like he's got a twitchy trigger finger or something. :)

Oh, and good point, btw - Devo is an excellent example.

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