Alice Cooper has a few things to say about musicians who tell people who to vote for. The rock icon thinks that politics and rock n’ roll should be separate entities.
In an interview with The Guardian, Cooper says that in the past, musicians have abused their power to sway fans within the political sphere. Additionally, he says that he tries to separate political themes from songs’ contexts.
“I don’t like to mix politics and rock n’ roll,” Cooper says. “I don’t look at Bono, Sting and Bruce Springsteen as political. I look at them as being humanitarian. I’ll contribute to anything humanitarian. Helping people who can’t help themselves. But when musicians are telling people who to vote for, I think that’s an abuse of power. You’re telling your fans not to think for themselves, just to think like you. Rock n’ roll is about freedom — and that’s not freedom.”
With that being said, we think it is pretty hard to separate Bruce Springsteen from 90 percent of his discography. And while we understand what Cooper is saying here, The Boss is about as political as you can get.
According to Blabbermouth, Cooper’s view was similar two years ago. However, at the time he said that musicians’ political commentary was not to be trusted. Copper says that at the end of the day, rockstars consume the same media we do.
“First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do?” Cooper says. “That is the biggest fallacy in the world — if anything, we’re dumber. We’re not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we’re rock stars?”
Anyway, here is “Born In the U.S.A.,” one of the best political, or as Cooper would say, “humanitarian” bops ever written.
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