Jack Johnson. He was just recently awarded as Arts Ambassador to the Environment, and he has worked for his entire career towards environmental issues. His Kokua Festival raises money for his charity that funds environmental education in schools in his native Hawaii, and he has taken measures to reduce his carbon footprint in his studio, packaging his cds, and on tour. On his most recent “To the Sea” tour, Jack organized in every city a crew that set up reusable water bottle stations, and he also reached out to local environmental groups at nearly every strop along the way.
Radiohead has one song that specifically mentions global warming and the way that people are trying to ignore the logic behind what’s happening in the world. The song is called 2+2=5 (which is a reference to George Orwell’s 1984). I’ve always been impressed by the subtlety of that song. 2+2=5 is actually on an album titled “Hail to the Thief,” which is likely a reference to “Hail to the Chief,” the song that is associated with the president of the U.S.
Another highly political musician is Trent Reznor. He is well-known for criticizing George W. Bush’s policies, not just in his songs but in interviews with the press as well.
Personally, I love Rage Against the Machine, a rap-metal band from the 1990s. New York Times called them a “political show of a different sort” after they interrupted several political rallies in 2008. They have also led rallies at both Democratic and Republican conventions; they favor neither party. Tom Morello, a member of the band, also spoke at an Occupy Wallstreet protest.
Here is one of their more popular songs that I enjoy, with lyrics:
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