Bernie Sanders has been announced as a speaker at the SXSW conference in Texas in March and Hillary Clinton will be touring Australia. Have politicians become the new Rock Stars?
It would certainly appear so. With the major stars in the music world totally quiet after the recent Florida school shooting, people like Sanders and Clinton are becoming the spokespeople for sanity.
Once upon a time John Lennon said “give peace a chance”, Bob Dylan sang “the times they are a changing”, Neil Young called to impeach the president (Bush) and Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bruce Springsteen spoke out about the environment.
In Australia Midnight Oil protested the rich getting richer in Power and the Passion, John Schuman sang of the Vietnam war and Shane Howard and Paul Kelly fought for indigenous rights.
Meanwhile the current crop of artists like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran sing about exes and holding hands.
It is not a surprise that people are turning to leaders for answers. Sanders, the independent Senator from Vermont and Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives for the past 16 years will be interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper during SXSW.
In another Government session actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also speak at SXSW in conversation with Politico’s Isaac Dovere.
The SXSW Conference and Festivals kick off in Austin, Texas on March 9-18 2018.
Meanwhile, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address audiences in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Auckland New Zealand in May.