Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BOOKMARKS: Some other things online

Rolling Stone offer a photo gallery of Christian teen rockers. Photojournalist Stephanie Keith goes inside the Christian rock subculture and finds sexy girls, hardcore bands and the strange marriage of rock and rapture reckons RS; it's more like 'what hysteria looks like' if you ask us.

The Guardian speaks to Jeffrey Sachs, the economist who is the closest thing Bono has to an academic guru; he also helped Madonna with her tax-write-off/publicity stunt in Malawi. Sachs' main problem is that he believes that poverty can be eradicated by giving more to the poor, without the need to reduce the share of capital held by the hyper-rich. You can see why this appeals to Madonna and Bono; you can also see why it can't work.

The Independent talk to Calexico: "I think in the past Europeans have been more open-minded about our music," reflects Burns. "They get the aspect of the music that's related to our surroundings. In the States there has always been some resistance to that. I think for Americans it's a little too close to home. Also, because of the issues along the US-Mexican border, there's a lot of hostility and racial tension at present. There's a lot of xenophobia, so it's not a good time to be trying to celebrate and encourage this confluence of cultures."

Sweeping The Nation talks to Kieron Gillen, co-creator of Phonogram. That's the Bitpop-flavoured comic or "a dark urban-fantasy comic which is based around the concept of music being magic." Depending on which you believe.


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