Posted by Karol at 02:49 PM
I initially misread the headline, and thought you were asking them to support indie rock, which I abhor. Your column, however, is commendable. BTW, one of the funniest audience exchanges happened this friday, when I was at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park band shell.
Hello Seahorse had just finished one of its songs when a member of the band shouted “viva Mexico,” to audience cheers-since the audience was filled with Mexicans. An Hispanic gentleman turned to his black friend and asked him-rhetorically, of course-”Mexico, what do they have to be proud of?”
You know I agree with you, Karol. Although I think the “youth vote” is a myth, a little bit of pop-cultural sheen would go a long way toward defusing the demonization of Republicans. (Not to mention I wouldn’t be surrounded almost exclusively with leftists at shows.)
I never believe in chasing the youth vote. My protest is more against giving money to those that hate us.
I’m learning that lesson. It’s one reason why, for instance, I passed on Elvis Costello when he came to town recently. By all reports, his set list was stellar. He played all my favorite songs. But how was I going to give him $45 in good conscience? I just couldn’t do it. Same with Mirah – if you’ve never heard her song “Jerusalem,” it’s about as arrogant an anti-Israel anthem as you’ll (hopefully never have to) hear. There needs to be some way of getting my music fix without giving such people $$.