We All Want to Change the World by Tom Waldman
Rock and Politics from Elvis to Eminem

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We All Want to Change the World provides a cogent and fascinating evaluation of post-World War II American commercial music and its complex, multi-faceted impact on the world of politics. Tom Waldman offers articulate and compulsively readable insights into such issues as: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's fiercely political period and its decidedly mixed effect on both of their careers and the causes they championed; the violence that erupted over the Sex Pistols' performance of "God Save the Queen" at Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee; Ronald Reagan's misinterpretation of "Born in the USA"; popular song and feminism and gender issues in the political sphere; the recent trend of rock tunes being reworked as campaign songs, such as Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," and Sam and Dave's "Dole Man"; and much more. There is also extensive commentary on the events of September 11th, when many of the biggest names in the history of rock music took part in two benefits to raise money for the victims' families and to lift the spirits of the country.
 

About Tom Waldman

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Tom Waldman is the author of "We All Want to Change the World: Rock and Politics from Elvis to Eminem; The Best Guide to American Politics;" and "Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock'n'Roll from Southern California." Tom Waldman spent seven years as press secretary to Congressman Howard Berman from Southern California, and another five as Public Information Manager in the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve.
 
Published September 24, 2003 by Taylor Trade Publishing. 354 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Waldman (Best Guide to American Politics ) intends to provide "a look at the sometimes contentious, often opportunistic and constantly intertwined history of rock and politics from the release of 'Rock Around the Clock' in 1954 through the 2000 presidential campaign."

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