Only a small bit of my wikipedia work made it to print, so I thought I would throw a little bit of current events on the blog.
I found this article and was intrigued by the junction between politics and music. I believe Cook speaks to the point as well, that westerners tend to think of music as completely separate from the surrounding world, but of course this is not the case. Here we see a singer forced to leave his home country because of death threats. He is not simply being criticized as we see in America, which is why America is where he turned. Aren't we lucky to only have the threat of people not liking our music?