George Michael Was Our Marvin

Despite pop cultural nostalgia for the protest songs of the ’60s, the march to war in Iraq seemed not to interest musicians — with one glorious exception.

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Just about the only thing that America’s indie rock revivalists of the early aughts would not bring back was the protest song. While the 9/11 attacks may have personally affected New York bands such as the Strokes, the Rapture, and LCD Soundsystem, they were politically quietist to the point of amnesia throughout the Iraq invasion. […]

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