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Bruce Springsteen Won’t Sing In North Carolina. Here’s A List Of Bands Scheduled To Play There This Summer. Who’s Next?

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Where I reside — that’s, in my head, coronary heart and soul — music issues. A lot. I’m with Friedrich Nietzsche, who was by no means a greater thinker than when he wrote this: “Without music, life can be a mistake.”

Why is music probably the most essential, probably the most pressing of the humanities? Because you possibly can’t see round corners — however you possibly can hear round them. That makes musicians the artists who most reliably inform us the information earlier than it occurs.

Bruce Springsteen did that final week, when he canceled a live performance in Greensboro to protest a brand new North Carolina regulation that legalizes discrimination towards transgenders, gays and just about everyone the “household values” cohort does not like.

“Some issues are extra essential than a rock present, and this struggle towards prejudice and bigotry — which is occurring as I write — is certainly one of them,” Springsteen stated. “It is the strongest means I have for elevating my voice in opposition to those that proceed to push us backwards as an alternative of ahead.”

What do you name what Bruce Springsteen did?

A good begin. Followed by Bryan Adams, who canceled a live performance in Mississippi. Followed by… nobody. Yet. So extra massive-identify musicians should step ahead and say: “There’s all the time extra money, however I solely have one identify. And I will not have individuals shouting my identify in states the place there are residents who haven’t any rights.”

There are just a few states like that now. But these are unusual days. Soon there could also be many extra states the place white males who revere a previous that by no means was will create a future that by no means must be — states the place ladies, blacks, Hispanics, gays and anybody else white males occur to not like haven’t any authorized safety towards discrimination, arrest and jail. And nothing will change for the higher till the live performance halls in these states are darkish and silent. Until the one place the place music lovers can hear their favourite songs is on the radio. Until enterprise leaders who’ve gotten used to consuming craft beer and leasing Audis should tighten their belts. Until legislators scratch their heads and go, “You know…”

How can we leap-begin that course of?

The regular means. Kids become involved. Their mother and father get upset. Young individuals speak to their mother and father. Then their mother and father — who are sometimes Important People and see issues like companies leaving and new companies not coming and a stagnant financial system — become involved. And then legal guidelines change.

Why do youngsters become involved?

In my childhood, as a result of the causes — civil rights, Vietnam –have been ethical, apparent, pressing. Now it is more durable to encourage greater than armchair activism. So perhaps it comes right down to self-curiosity. Kids become involved once they’re denied one thing they take as a right. Like…music.

So it is key that different musicians — many different musicians — boycott North Carolina till this dreadful regulation is rescinded.

Who’s subsequent?

A useful website — thanks, Concertboom.com — lists the live shows scheduled in Raleigh, the capital, till September. On this listing you will see musicians who make music that carries messages of tolerance, hope and love. Perhaps you will go to their websites or their blogs and categorical your hope that they honor their work and be a part of the protest. Maybe by canceling their live shows. Maybe by giving some/all the cash they make from their North Carolina live performance to anti-discrimination causes. Or no matter appears applicable.

Here’s the listing of musicians and bands scheduled to play in Raleigh earlier than November:

Pearl Jam
Jimmy Buffett
Chris Stapleton
Kenny Chesney
Willie Nelson
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Cyndi Lauper
The Doobie Brothers
Ellie Goulding
Lake Street Dive
Ringo Starr
Modest Mouse
Toby Keith
Ray LaMontagne
Steve Miller
Dierks Bentley
Peter Frampton
Greg Allman
Snoop Dog
Wiz Khalifa
Tony Keith
Dixie Chicks
Keith Urban
Brian Wilson
Goo Goo Dolls
Luke Bryan
Maroon H
Joan Jett
Brad Paisley

A useful website — thanks, Concertful.com — lists the musicians and bands showing in different North Carolina cities this spring and summer:

Alabama Shakes
Ben Harper
Smashing Pumpkins
Chris Isaak
Josh Ritter
Aretha Franklin
Dave Mathews
Brandi Carlisle
Jackson Browne
Selena Gomez
Lake Street Dive
Death Cab for Cutie
Ringo Starr
The Cure
Toby Keith
Steely Dan
Stevie Winwood
Justin Bieber
Peter Frampton
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Los Lobos
Dixie Chicks
Mumford & Sons
Leon Bridges
Carrie Underwood

If any band or musician needs to take a management position on this marketing campaign, this is some inspiring historical past from the Olde Days. In 1985, when he was nonetheless “Little Steven,” Steve Van Zandt launched a marketing campaign towards Sun City, an all-white resort in South Africa. Working with Danny Schecter, a journalist with a mission, he assembled forty nine first-tier musicians: Rubén Blades, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey, Lou Reed, Run DMC, Peter Gabriel, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Darlene Love, Bobby Womack, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Jackson Browne, U2, George Clinton, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Peter Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Jimmy Cliff, Big Youth, Michael Monroe, Peter Garrett, Ron Carter, Ray Barretto, Gil-Scott Heron, Nona Hendryx, Pete Townshend, Pat Benatar, Clarence Clemons, Joey Ramone, Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Melle Mel, The Fat Boys — and Bruce Springsteen.

“Sun City” — with its poster easy chorus: “Ain’t gonna play Sun City!” — was picked as report of the yr by many music critics. More to the purpose, the track and the album raised greater than $B million for anti-apartheid tasks.

Hard to observe it with out getting excited. Maybe somebody will. In my goals: Taylor Swift.

[cross-posted from HeadButler.com]


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