Bono and Other Celebrity Hypocrites

Bono spoke out on politics long before it became the popular pose for elite celebrities. The U2 rocker’s songs did some of the talking for him. Recall U2 tracks that referenced international events, such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (the “Bloody Sunday” massacre in Northern Ireland) and “Bullet the Blue Sky” (America’s involvement in El Salvador’s … Continued


Can Rock Defeat Terrorism?

One month ago, Eagles of Death Metal were in mid-performance at the Bataclan Theater in Paris when their show was interrupted by a terrorist attack that left 89 dead there (and 130 total in coordinated attacks elsewhere in the city). All the members of the rock band survived and were understandably traumatized, but they swiftly … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Let’s Kick Elitism Out of Rock and Roll

The intersection of pop culture and politics is a dangerous place for even the most seasoned artists, and it’s certainly no place for kids. And yet, the New York Daily News informs us that the progeny of some of D.C.’s biggest power players have formed their own rock band: The 12-year-olds in the rock ‘n’ … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Bono: A Rockstar and a Christian?

Considering America largely invented mass media, we’re awfully provincial about it. Perhaps that’s why this remarkable interview U2 front man Bono, a.k.a. Paul Hewson, gave to Irish Broadcaster RTE last year is just now popping up all over American websites. In it, Bono says he regularly prays to Jesus Christ and studies Scripture to know … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Bond, Music and Gender

My earliest movie theater memory–in fact, one of my earliest memories at all–is of sitting with dropped jaw, thrilled by the brassy, guitar-driven theme song that opened Dr. No, the first in what would become the longest-running film franchise in history. The Bond theme is still my favorite movie music. Dr. No was released fifty … Continued

Entertainment, Movies, Music

Five Business Tips from Celebrity Entrepreneurs

Tabloid celebrity news focuses our attention on what not to do, but we don’t have to learn only from celebrities’ mistakes. Here are five successful strategies we can adapt from celebrity entrepreneurs: Engage fully in your venture. Celebrity entrepreneurs differ from mere endorsers. Celebrity endorsers simply lend their name to a brand or a product … Continued