As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Friday, April 28, 2006

Rock and Roll Revolution

Remember when rock stars weren't packages that could be sold, but voices of a generation who used their art to make a statement? Nobody under 35 does either, because it's part of a bygone age. That's why it's no surprise that it takes a 60 year-old Neil Young to make the album that should have been made about 100 times already. You can listen to the whole thing online at the link.

The traditional media is writing about the Young album, and particularly the song "Let's Impeach the President," as if it's insane that a rock musician would step out and criticize the government in any way. CNN Headline News called it "a stunning reversal." Ever hear "Ohio"? "Southern Man"? "Woodstock"? "Rockin' in the Free World"?

The conglomeration of music has deadened the message, as if by design. We desperately need a cultural shift to run counter to the political one. Thanks to Neil Young for putting the rebellion back in rock and roll.