Music has always been used as a form of expression and a political voice, from Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone to Crass and now Pussy Riot. The difference is Pussy Riot are still in a Russian jail for inciting religious hatred. This is a spurious charge due to the powers that be not liking what they had to say. In a recent concert Madonna has said:
I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government, but I think that these three girls – Masha, Katya, Nadya – I think that they have done something courageous.
Athony Kledis form Red Hot Chili Peppers has been seen sporting a ‘Free Pussy Riot’ T – Shirt and Yoko Ono has tweeted:
Mr Putin you are a wise man & dont need to fight with musicians & their friends
Freedom of expression and speech are a fundamental right in the free world and any attack on this should be fought by everybody – if you stand by and watch who speak out when they come for you!