NukeFree.org's Harvey Wasserman, who has been closely working with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, blogged the other day about "MUSE2 gathering" (Musicians United for Safe Energy); a musical concert to promote safe energy and to raise funds for victims of the Fukushima disaster. The concert reunites Raitt, Browne, Nash, CSN, the the Doobie Brothers, Sweet Honey in the Rock and John Hall from the first MUSE concert in 1979.
Wasserman mentions how "Music has been a unifying, empowering force for social movements for decades", and how it was present in the labor struggle, the civil rights struggle, and during the 1960s social revolution. The first MUSE concert was held in 1979 after the melt-down at Three Mile Island in 1979. It was a 5-night concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. It featured Springsteen, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Peter Tosh, and the 7 bands mentioned above.
Green Music Returns to Confront Atomic Power
by Harvey Wasserman
Amidst a life-and-death struggle to finally shut the nuclear energy industry, the power of green music flows again this Sunday.
It's also pouring over the Internet, as the historic all-day MUSE2 gathering is staged at the Shoreline Amphitheatre south of San Francisco, re-uniting Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Crosby-Stills-Nash, the Doobie Brothers, John Hall, Sweet Honey in the Rock and many more who'll sing to benefit victims of the Fukushima disaster and promote a green-powered Earth.
The concert runs from 3pm through the evening Pacific Time and comes as the nuclear power industry desperately seeks federal funding to build new reactors while fighting a tsunami of citizen opposition demanding the shut-down of aging radioactive power stations.
Music has been a unifying, empowering force for social movements for decades. The labor union movement used it during strikes and solidarity marches. It was at the heart of the most powerful campaigns for civil rights. A whole generation's demand for peace in Vietnam got electrified with rock and roll.