Sir Elton John Protests Anti-War Song Regulations

Published: 2004-07-20
"There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now and that is deadly," said Sir Elton John who says that the US government is prohibiting musicians from singing anti-war songs. "They're all too scaredÖthings have changed," he adds. Musicians who supported the war effort are left alone to say what they want. But even musicians who make comments off of US soil are being harassed and called un-American.

Things have changed. During the Vietnam era musicians like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul, and Mary became big hits with their anti-war music. Under the current US administration the right to say - sing or write - what you want is a right no longer.

In other Sir Elton news, Best Buy has once again obtained exclusive rights to a DVD release. When Sir Elton's new DVD is released on November 9 Best Buy will have exclusive rights for the sale of the DVD in its stores and online at its web site at least through the end of the year.

The DVD "Dream Ticket - Four Destination: Four DVDs" will contain mostly concert footage of 70 songs totaling 10 hours of music. The DVD set will also include previously unseen footage, photos, and interviews. One disc is of London, UK footage, one in New York, and one in Turkey. The fourth disc is an overview/retrospective of John's career.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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Did I miss something? What has the US government done to restrict the expression of any artist? Perhaps some performers are confusing public distaste over the expression of their views with governmental intervention. Do we not have a right to show our disdain for others with disagreable views by choosing to not patronize their products?
Posted by: redstatebrian on July 22, 2004
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