Music angles from yesterday’s March for Our Lives demonstrations

Thousands and thousands and thousands of young people participated in March for Our Lives demonstrations against gun violence across North America. Their numbers were so large that the DC protest could be seen from space.

One of the kids killed in the Parkland shooting in Florida would have turned 18 today. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Nicholas Dworet.

There was another powerful moment when Paul McCartney, who attended the march in New York, invoked the memory of John Lennon.

One of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me not just to march today but to take action tomorrow and to have these people have their voices heard.

The whole interview can be found here.

And finally, Michael Stipe’s first-ever solo song, “Future, If Future,” is inspired by this entire movement.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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