"No Secret Ballot: Local Musicians Weigh In On The Role Of Politics In Music"
Over the past four years, a number of national artists have upped the political content of their music. Pearl Jam sported Halloween masks. R.E.M. and Bright Eyes asked people to vote for change. Toby Keith sang about boots and asses. The Dixie Chicks lost airplay after criticizing President Bush. Many people in audiences grumbled that they came for music, not preaching. But what's wrong with a little politics in your music? The personal's political, right? Flagpole asked a number of local musicians three questions each. Presented below is a sampling of their responses. Though opinions differed, everyone who responded exhibited a clear passion for the subject.
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