Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Tom Morello - Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchman

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

Tom Morello
It's clearly a very different election because one of these guys doesn't look like someone on a dollar bill. This is a chance for America to change its image in the world pretty dramatically. Throughout much of the world, we're known as an ignorant, violent nation that uses its wealth power to commit cowardly acts of aggression to increase the profit margin for the shareholders of multinational corporations. I think that image would be extended with a McCain administration. There's a chance that we might be able to present a different face to the world through an Obama administration.

What is the relationship between music and politics - and how, if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

Bad presidents make for good music, so there's plenty to write about, but I always try to write about politics from a very personal angle. Weaving in the stories of my own life, and from people that I know or have known to make it something grounded in reality rather than rhetoric.

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

The real work begins after the election. You can't take for granted the things you want to see happen, will happen. Continue to press and pressure the next administration to make this country, and this world a saner, humane, and decent place.

Tom Morello's next show is on November, 1 in San Francisco. Complete dates available here.

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