Music, the Ultimate Rebel Yell?

This is not the first time musicians around the world have faced punishing consequences for being rebellious.

7 members of Pussy Riot, courtesy of wikimedia

In light of the events surrounding Pussy Riot in Russia, NPR Music’s Elizabeth Blair reports on other musicians who have voiced unpopular political opinions. It’s an excellent illustration of the political aspects of music and song. In an interview with Afropop‘s Banning Eyre, focused on the music of Thomas Mapfumo, Blair observes:

The two year jail sentence for the members of the band Pussy Riot might seem extreme to people in the U.S. where musicians are protected under freedom of speech. But this is not the first time musicians around the world have faced punishing consequences for being rebellious.

Read the full story at NPR’s The Record: Music as the Ultimate Rebel Yell

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