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Music has been instrumental in societal change since the 1960s, and earlier up to the swing movement in the twenties. Musicians were often used as pawns by record companies to subvert culture. Prophets of their time icons such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison,Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Billy Holiday, Bob Marley and many others died suspiciously,when they began to question the record industry, and speak truth to power. This group of famous icons who died tragically at the age of 27, form the infamous club 27. More recent deaths of people like Prince and Dolores O Riordan followed a similar trajectory. They had received massive funding from the record industry, but became a threat to the establishment,when they began to expose corruption. Such icons had a wide reaching audience, and dissent from them was not tolerated. There is a marked difference in the uniformity of pc lyrics of bands today many which only lyp sync e.g Miley Cirus, Bob Dylan, Kylie Minogue,Madonna etc. In the 1980s the punk movement lead to a shift in Britains relationship with the monarchy, with bands like the Sex Pistols, and New Order making clear political statements. One such free thinking musician from the 60s was John Lennon, and although responsible for the perversion of youth culture, he did speak truth to power, which cost him his life. He criticised war and a recently discovered letter, in a record sleeve,which he had written,to the queen,asking for her to withdraw troops from Vietnam, shows he wasn't afraid to speak his mind. Currently his son Sean Ono Lennon, is following in the footsteps of his father, in his recent statement,that true intellectuals, are those who question political correctness. Also the band Mumford and Sons, have taking a brave and financially unrewarding step, of appearing in a photo with the Psychologist Jordan Peterson, who has shot to fame due to his questioning of gender ideology. Musicians were once the voice of the conscience, the fact that Sean Ono Lennon is speaking out is quite impactful, considering his father received so much funding from his handlers, in the music industry, to spread only their message. Here is the article about Sean Lennons recent statement,and a song by Mumford and Sons, who are also questioning contemporary culture. The band use the analogy of Platos cave in this song, Plato wrote about when a person lives so long in a cave, exposed to only darkness, this becomes their life and reality. They can become accustomed to all forms of deception. When faced with the truth, they find it difficult to accept.The act of stepping out of the cave and facing the truth takes huge courage, faith and bravery.
Peterson has taken heat for his views on feminism, gender identity, and white privilege.
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