Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

Music | Sound Off May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

by Patrick St. Michel

It's official: You can't escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture's Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

Music Aug 7, 2016

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

by Ian Martin

"Let's not put politics into music." This seemingly innocent phrase rose to prominence in June as a lightning rod for social media protest against the appearance of student political leader Aki Okuda at the Fuji Rock music festival. It also taps into a popular sentiment ...