The Politics of Rock and Roll

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photoAs Election Day 2004 draws closer, musicians across America are taking the stage at concerts for and against the Bush administration and redefining political activism.

This week, American music icon Bruce Springsteen along with R.E.M., Pearl Jam, and the Dixie Chicks ended their anti-Bush administration politically-charged "Vote for Change" tour in nine out of seventeen swing states, raising 15 million dollars for the Democratic group, "Americans Coming Together."

Hear from music critics and a musician from the George W. Bush camp about music and politics in 2004.


John Pareles, chief pop music critic, The New York Times;
Sasha Frere-Jones, pop-music critic, The New Yorker

Joe Levy, deputy managing editor, The Rolling Stone

Craig Marks, editor-in-chief, Blender Magazine

Ronnie Dunn, country musician with Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.

This program aired on October 15, 2004.


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