in Kulturkampf

The Power of Rock Compels Them

If the character in the Tripoli street art on the right looks familiar, then you’re probably a fan of the band Disturbed and their breakout cover of Land of Confusion. So are the Libyan youth who charged out to battle with Justin Bieber and other pop stars on their mp3 players. These kids aren’t particularly interested in Osama bin Laden’s caliphate or the regressive style of Islamist politics. They want freedom, meaning freedom to rock and roll; and as far as they’re concerned, they have earned that freedom with blood. Woe betide anyone who tries to take it from them.

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