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Saturday, December 17, 2005

According to this news article, the Department of Defense has been tracking peaceful anti-war protests. Like, um, Quakers.

Obviously this is part of a clever government plan to recreate the conditions of the Vietnam War as authentically as possible. Pointless government spying on peaceful protestors, politicians getting caught doing dirty tricks to get re-elected, a guerrilla war supporting a nasty, corrupt regime in a country where 80% of the people (according to polls) just want us gone...

So when do we get the revolutionary new music? Where's the new Beatles/Stones/Airplane/Who? The exhilarating counter-culture, and the feeling that the world can be changed if we just believe it? C'mon people, we've got all the bad stuff, no where's the good stuff?


While I agree that there are a disappointing number of similarities I do think there's an important difference:

This time the regime is worth supporting: democratic, pluralistic, promotes women's rights (I've seen a fair few women politicians). Like many countries (um, such as the U.S....) it's doing some questionable things, but it's a fair sight better than what came before and the vast majority of other places in the region.

By Blogger Steve Peterson, at 2:42 PM  

just taking a break from studying for my Rock and Roll History class exam and I suppose I can convince myself that this bit of procrastination can count as studying... sort of...

I'm sure you were just making a rhetorical point... but I think there is some amazing stuff happening here in Montreal.
While the Montreal music scene is hardly revolutionary, I think it might be what you're looking for...


I think that while politics plays a very important role in creating music, the music of the past plays a more important role. and music today seems to have lost touch with its roots.

By Blogger michael j, at 11:20 PM  

Michael J: Yeah, heard there was quite the happening scene here. Where do I read about it / see it / hear it? Who should we be looking out for? We want to put local bands in our show if possible.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 12:56 AM  

There is no Counter Culture. The new generation is whacked on technometh and paxil.
Bring back the Southern Comfort suicides, gooks in the wire, the seekers of the Holy Wail, the Prophets of Boom, the Princes of Camelot and the Man on the Moon.
No crazy no soul.
No music no why.

By Blogger max, at 12:50 PM  

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