By all accounts, John Lennon was singled out and tormented by the FBI because of his political activism and anti-war beliefs .. To my knowledge, Mr Lennon was not so much a backer of any one political candidate, but a vocal and passionate musician with his own beliefs ..
John Lennon's place in music history is undeniable, but his personal commitment to what he felt was just, and the changes he tried to promote, made his time here all the more important and worthwhile ..
Musicians owe nothing to the greater good, and are under no obligation to do so ... But is there a moral issue here ??
I don't mean, for example, backing a political candidate - which, in essence, is simply allowing someone else to speak for you while you get some PR ( which can be the intent all along )
I am talking about looking outward and leaving your mark in this world beyond hoarding thousands of bottles of wine or ending your life in suicide because seemed like the only action left for you ..
Again, musicians - like anyone else - are under no obligation .. The difference being musicians have a platform to reach a lot of people, and some musicians have what can be considered most important - time ...
On a related note: perhaps some of the lackluster interest in music these days - and the sparse output of great albums and interesting music - can be traced back to the lack of commitment, on both the musician's end and the fans end ...
There is a sad trend towards this world of ours becoming a disposable society .. An unfortunate tunnel vision in which we are atrophying from creators and activists to morose, self pitying victims ..
No member of Rush was under any obligation to put a dust mask on and go to Le Studio, even if for a few hours to raise some awareness or funds .. Just as any person would be no under obligation to help the 80+ year old couple with the flat tire in a parking lot ..
Unfortunately sometimes, the situation calls for a man, and there are none to be found
Edited by Lucas, 12 August 2017 - 03:06 PM.