“I remember in college listening, and not agreeing with his whole philosophy necessarily, but raising my awareness of how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggle for jobs and dignity and freedom.”
We haven’t seen as much directly political music. You know, I think the most vibrant musical art form right now over the last 10, 15 years has been hip-hop. Some folks have kind of dabbled in political statements, but a lot of it has been more cultural than political. You’ve got folks like Springsteen who are still putting out very strong political statements, but I’d like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now, because music’s such a powerful mechanism.