Patti Smith urges musicians to pursue social activism
Patti Smith — singer, songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — is no stranger to using her music as activism.
Among various issues, she’s created songs to protest Israeli foreign policy, oppose the Iraq War and benefit the AIDS movement. Decades after the height of her prolific career, now a time of #BlackLivesMatter protests and continued momentum behind climate action, Smith has hope for today’s musicians using their art to tackle social issues.
“I’m not very articulate politically,” she said at Mashable‘s sixth-annual Social Good Summit on Monday. “I take a humanist view. I thought going into Iraq was wrong, was immoral, and spoke out and gathered with people around the world.” Read more…