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Our post about Elvis Costello’s choice to cancel a summer tour of Israel in light of somebody revealing to him that there’s a conflict going on there, got a lot of people talking.  Today in the New York Times, there … Read More

By / May 28, 2010

Our post about Elvis Costello’s choice to cancel a summer tour of Israel in light of somebody revealing to him that there’s a conflict going on there, got a lot of people talking.  Today in the New York Times, there is a report about Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Kanye West and other musicians will boycott all performances in Arizona to protest the new anti-immigration laws. Here’s my question: do these protests really do any good? After the Arizona laws were announced, Canadian indie band, Stars, announced (via Twitter) that "until its racist new immigration law is repealed, stars (and many others) will boycott this state [Arizona].  A few days later, Damian Abraham (also known as Pink Eyes), lead singer of the Canadian hardcore band Fucked Up, chimed in:

"Don’t get me wrong, I think the AZ immigration bill is horrible and must be repealed but I also think that indie bands boycotting the state is inane. Do Stars honestly think that by denying the state their brand of dreamy pop that they’re going to force the governor’s hand? All this does is not give the people that like your band enough credit and assumes that they are in someway supportive of the bill. Mind you, if you are Nickleback and a fan base of those types of douche bags then boycotting is a good strategy."

Do warmongers really have Elvis Costello and lush Canadian indie pop on their evil iPods?  I’m not so certain.  I also don’t believe depriving a country or state of art is at all helpful to the cause.  While I don’t want to bore you with my thoughts on the universal appeal music has, it has been proven to be one of the only things that seems to do a somewhat decent job of bringing people together; why would you want to deprive people of that?

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