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It’s All We Can Do: At the Intersection of Political and Personal

Saturday 3 March 2012, by Corinne/Dead pour U2 France

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Component is a section of Aux.Out. for one-off pieces, special editorials, and lost orphans of the music discussion. Today, Paul de Revere talks about U2, and the effectiveness of their politics.

Bono and U2 have taken on a lot: music, fame, politics, humanitarian causes. It would be easy just to get caught up in the first two, but U2 and Bono press on into causes bigger than their fame or music. However, when they shift into the politics and humanitarianism, it tends to put the onus on the listener, which can be a conflicting and uncomfortable situation when you’re just trying to listen to some pop music in your room. Nevertheless, a die is cast: the personal and political, apathy and empathy, simply feeling empathy and actually acting on it. The personal and political might seem so separate (after all, how does politics really affect our day-to-day lives?) but in the realm of music, especially in U2’s, they’re inseparable.

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