Thursday, January 11, 2007

Pop and protest

One of the memorable features of the Vietnam war was its impact on pop music. Almost everyone wrote a song in protest of the war, from Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" to Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Four Dead in Ohio...," which has the immortal line, "what if you knew her and...saw her dead on the ground?" You can chart the course of the war on the pop charts--it's really remarkable.

I was wondering today about pop music and the Iraq war, and lo and behold, music critic Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote about this recently. You can still access his article in the International Herald Tribune( putting his name into the search engine, or looking for his byline on the left-hand side of the page as you scroll down.

Incidentally, the Herald Tribune print version is usually only available abroad. It's a compendium of articles from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Moscow Times and other worldwide newspapers. Mostly expats read it, but you can access it as an armchair tourist at It's particularly good on culture...take a minute and surf on over there and you can plan your trips to Europe around what's playing in London and Paris.

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