I've been a peacenik and a lover of American popular music since 1967 when at the age of eight, I came with my family from Portugal to live in The States. The Vietnam War had a profound impact even on me, a mere child. Back then, of course, the war footage was shown on television and ground battle was far less "efficient", I'm sure. I recall feeling repulsed and sad by the killing and destruction.
I think the single most powerful social movement I've experienced since coming to this country was the anti-Vietnam movement and the Woodstock generation, or whatever you want to call it. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was another phenomenon that influenced how I feel about war, peace, politics and international relations.
Just a bit of a preamble to the introduction of this song I found on a great website/blog called Yo! What Happened to Peace! I believe strongly that politics and art do mix and that art can be a powerful tool for social and political change. Here is Adam Stern performing War, with artwork by Mear One.
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