Anti-war country music

Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle played Sunday night at Royce Hall at
UCLA. Both were solo, both pointedly antiwar, both powerful and
stunning. Kristofferson played for two hours.

Kris Kristofferson:

In an antiwar song opposing the Iraq
War he wonders what his father (an Air Force general) would have said
about the way “they turned his dream around”, killing babies in Iraq in
the name of freedom.

Try to tell the truth

And stand your ground

Don’t let the bastards wear you down.

He referred to the current world situation as “darkened times.”

Steve Earle:

In a song about the Civil War being
fought by the poor for the rich, and how an Irish immigrant fought for
the North because he saw it as a class war, he joked, “It’s amazing the
pinko shit you can sneak in a bluegrass song.”


My activism started with opposing the death penalty. I’ll be in D.C. on
the 24th. Because I can’t help but believe that a country that didn’t
have the death penalty wouldn’t have attacked a country that hadn’t
attacked it first.

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