But what does he know, right? He’s just a music legend who’s topped the charts in four different decades.
Bono has never been shy about sharing his opinion.
Some of them you might love, some of them you hate, but there are some that — if you are smart — you will sit up and take notice.
You can love his politics or hate them.
You can like that he called the Apostle Paul as a “tough f**ker and a superintellectual guy”. Or not.
But the man knows his craft. You don’t get top-charted albums in 4 consecutive decades by being a know-nothing hack.
He’s got some things to say about the sorry state of music that line up beautifully with what our guys over at Warriors and Wildmen have already been saying.
And, in a Rolling Stone interview, he’s got something to say about music. (Christian artists, in particular, pay attention, and keep reading to the part about music from God.)
What’s his take on music today? Here is part of the conversation he had with his Rolling Stone interviewer:
How do you discover new music?
The band is always listening to music, and I have got my kids. Jordan is a music snob, an indie snob. Eve is hip-hop. Elijah is in a band, and he has got very strong feelings about music, but he doesn’t make any distinction between, let’s say, the Who and the Killers. Or, you know, Nirvana and Royal Blood. It is not generational for him. It is the sound and what he is experiencing. He believes that a rock & roll revolution is around the corner.
Do you believe it?
I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good. When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me. You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is fucking over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde. In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie has that rage.
And therefore you think that there is space still available. . . .
It will return.
You agree with Eli?
His angle was, if the rock & roll revolution isn’t happening, we are going to start it.
That’s a bold statement.
Music is “very girly.” And Hip-hop being the only place for male anger is bad.
Stop and think about that for a minute. And more importantly, WHO is saying it.
Bono is the guy who was awarded Glamour’s ‘Woman Of The Year’ Award, for his ‘Pro-Feminist’ positions.
And in the middle of talking about David and the Apostle Paul, he says something that should make absolutely EVERY self-styled Christian Music artist ‘Selah’ (pause and reflect)…
Your song asks, “Jesus, what have you got for me?” Well, what do you think he has got for you?
There is an unbelievable release in letting go. I thought I already had, but this was the next installment in trust. You know, people of faith can be very annoying. Like when people on the Grammys thank God for a song and you think, “God, that is a shite song. Don’t give God credit for that one – you should take it yourself!” I am sure I have done that myself. And someone’s like, “I got this directly from the mouth of God!” And you’re thinking, “Wow, God has no taste!”
He received some ‘sage’ advice on how to get perspective and avoid writing craptastic music.
“Bono, if you want to get to the place where the writing lives, imagine you’re dead.” There is no ego, there is no vanity, no worrying about who you will offend. That is great advice. I just didn’t want to have to find out outside of a mental excursion. I didn’t want to find out the hard way.”
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