Tom Morello Doesn't Like Guess-ing Games
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello was arrested in 1997 for civil disobedience in California after garment workers protested the "sweatshop labor" practices allegedly used by clothing brand/outlet Guess? In 2006, Morello was arrested again, this time for protesting the rights of immigrant hotel workers. "In these political dark ages, it's important for us to stand up for one another," the musician said in a statement according to NME. Having railed against Republican U.S. Vice-President candidate Paul Ryan recently, it's a good bet Morello will again be protesting soon.
Jackson Browne Still A Democrat Despite Beefs With Obama
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Longtime singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has stood up (and been arrested for) his beliefs throughout his career, from protests on clear cutting to the famous "No Nukes" concert. But in 2012 Browne will vote Democrat despite some trepidations about Obama. "But honestly Obama once again has joined the ranks of the lesser of two evils," Browne said in an interview earlier this year. The musician would vote but stated he would not campaign for Obama this time around. "It's a game of chicken," he said. "So I'm not going to participate." This time around Browne is running on empty.
Chrissie Hynde Isn't Pretending About Her PETA Projects
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The Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde has been a strong supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for many years. Although she's shown here with a, er, McChicken, Hynde was arrested in 2003 outside a KFC outlet in Paris against the Colonel Sanders-led franchise. In 2000, Hynde made more headlines when she was arrested at a Gap store as part of a PETA protest in the New York store's shop window. According to the BBC, Hynde used a knife to cut through some leather products protesting the company rather "cruel" manner of obtaining leather.
Legendary Folkie Joan Baez Arrested For Vietnam Opposition
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One of the original "protest" musicians, folk icon Joan Baez was arrested twice in 1967 in Oakland, California at an army induction centre. Baez was one of 40 picked up for sitting in at the facility, prevent people who were drafted for service in Vietnam from entering the building. Baez reportedly spent one month in jail for protesting. "Yeah, I don't know what I'm going to do when I get to that door and they put me behind the bars I may go into a dead faint but yeah I have to be ready to go to jail," Baez said in a 1967 CBC interview when asked if she was prepared for the consequences.
Late Adam Yauch Jailed For Tibetan Beliefs
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Adam Yauch's musical legacy as a Beastie Boy is without question. However he was also involved in many other social causes particularly when it came to Tibet. In 1996 outside the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, Yauch was part of a protest demanding a free Tibet when he was arrested. A YouTube clip showed Yauch being released from custody and answering questions from reporters. The arrest didn't stop Yauch from continuing his efforts. That same year Yauch helped stage the first Tibetan Freedom Concert featuring performances by Bjork and Smashing Pumpkins.
Singer Raheem DeVaughn Arrested At Protest Near U.S. Supreme Court
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Musician Raheem DeVaughn was arrested during a protest march last year near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as part of last year's massive "Occupy" protests in various cities. According to the Huffington Post, the artist was jailed the same day President Obama unveiled a statue of the late Dr. Martin Luther King in a nearby area. DeVaughn spent about 16 hours in jail but was grateful for the experience. "After being incarcerated for that evening, I learned so much," he told the news outlet, adding it was great to be with his fellow marchers who were also arrested and incarcerated.
Ben Amor's Protest Song Had Him Behind Bars In Tunisia
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Tunisian rapper Hamada Ben-Amor, known to fans as "El General," was arrested in late 2010 not because of a protest but because of song lyrics. According to Reuters, some 30 plainclothes policeman went to the musician's home and took him away. Days earlier Ben-Amor released a song online entitled "President, Your People Are Dying" focusing on problems like unemployment and youth issues. The song was quickly used by other Tunisians protesting the government's policies, in effect becoming an anthem for many. "El General" was held for three days and later released.
The Doors' John Densmore Gets Mojo Rising On Redwoods
The Doors' drummer John Densmore used enough wooden drumsticks in his time to know the importance of far bigger sticks, namely forests. In 2001 the drummer was reportedly arrested in a demonstration protesting against Boise Cascade Office Products and its practices regarding cutting into. In a strange twist, Densmore was not the only big name musician police had to take away on that particular day. Densmore, who has protested the actions of his fellow mates in The Doors recently, might have been locked up beside none other than Grammy winner...(see next picture!)
Bonnie Raitt Gives Fans Something To Talk About With Protests
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Bonnie Raitt was in fact alongside John Densmore in that 2001 protest but was also arrested on another occasion for a similar protest regarding a company and its logging practices. The 2001 arrest saw her behind bars for about two hours before being released. In 1996 Raitt was arrested for protesting the Pacific Lumber Co. and its cutting into the magnificent, mammoth Redwood forests in California. Raitt also voiced her concern about nuclear reactors over the years, performing at various benefit concerts including the famous 1979 No Nukes gigs. No arrest there though.
98 Degrees' Justin Jeffre Might Have Been Hot Under Collar When Arrested
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Justin Jeffre, member of former boy band 98 Degrees with Nick Lachey, was arrested in October, 2011 as part of the Occupy Cincinnati protests. According to the New York Daily News, Jeffre was arrested for trespassing after refusing to leave the city's Fountain Square by three in the morning. The musician said he spent hours behind bars and it was "no fun." Jeffre plead not guilty to the charge. The arrest didn't dampen plans for a 98 Degrees reunion as they recently performed on NBC's Today show and were working on new material in the studio. A bad boy in a boy band.
Oh Brother! Brother Ali Locked Up During Occupy Homes Movement
In June, 2012 rapper Brother Ali (Ali Douglas Newman) was arrested for trespassing, refusing to leave a home in South Minneapolis after a police order. The musician was part of a Occupy Homes protest which was trying to raise awareness on the number of homes being foreclosed and people being forced out on the streets. "I think there was a need for us to make this bold of a statement," the rapper told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "People are fighting for justice and for dignity." The musician spent approximately seven hours behind bars but was released on $50 bail.