Number 118 / September 1994: "Angry Eyes": "From Pantera to M.C. Eiht, a lot of records in the Top Ten this year have been filled with anger. While the instinctive response of the targets of this anger (e.g. the police) is to kill the messenger, cooler heads may simply ask: Why?"
Number 124 / June 1995: "Live Through This": Dave Marsh's 5,000 word essay on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, exploring Cobain's life in depth and linking it to many other bands / musicians and the social and political currents that laid a trap for him.
Number 133 / May 1996: "Radio Wars": The explosive growth of pirate radio. Pearl Jam's Monkey Wrench Radio and the murder of pirate radio operator Michael Taylor in Los Angeles. RRC, which has been a part of the pirate radio movement from the very beginning, puts it in perspective.
Number 165 / September 1999: "Fooled Again":The promoters of the 1999 Woodstock festival even managed to make a travesty of the "peace" part of the message of the first Woodstock by claiming that holding the festival this year on an abandoned Air Force base was some kind of symbol that, despite Belgrade and Baghdad, "we have won." Still, there's no denying that a new concept of freedom has replaced the old one.
Number 170 / March 2000: "A Wolf In Wolf's Clothing":Why do artists continue to associate with Rock the Vote, an organization that honors major label flunky Hilary Rosen, a woman who is actively subverting their careers, and honors Bill Clinton, a man who is actively subverting their country?
Number 180 / March 2001: (SOME) VOICES CARRYÖ.The most important issue here isn't whether Eminem's lyrics are "good" or "bad" or whether he is "right" or "wrong." The issue is that a kid from the trailer parks has been able to create a de facto dialogue within (and certainly without) a huge and diverse fan base. The issue is that most of this dialogue, which could be of great benefit to society, is never heard.
Number 182 / June 2001: COVER ME.....Musicians, like the rest of us, cannot afford proper health care. They constantly reach out to each other to try to help out, but their efforts almost always fall short. Now, at last, a solution may be on the horizon.
No. 185/October 2001: "Imagine There's No Unity"....The average American has much more in common with the average Arab than with the U.S. government, which continues to impoverish Americans AND Arabs under cover of false patriotism. The threat to music detailed.
No. 192/July 2002: Vincible.....The music industry is racist. But Michael Jackson's claim that he is the victim of a racial conspiracy is 100% wrong. Here's whyÖ No. 196/February 2003: The Today Show.....Bono means well as a rock star/politician but he's making a fool of himself. Here's whyÖ No. 198/May 2003: The Dixie Chicks Cross the RoadÖ. Banned from country radio, the Dixie Chicks began their Top of the World tour in the Deep South on May 1. Making explicit their solidarity with the civil rights movement, they were received with open arms everywhere. There's more to the South than the Dukes of HazzardÖ. No. 202/January 2004: COLD SWEATÖ Why are so many musicians getting their gear made in sweatshops? And how are they connected to the do-nothing Democratic Party? No. 203/February 2004: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZEÖ Rock & Rap Confidential has been down with voting since day one. Now, with so many musicians saying we should work for any sleazy Democrat to get rid of Bush, it's getting more complicated. No.206/July 2004: RAY AND RONNIEÖ Ronald Reagan and Ray Charles are forever linked by Ray's appearance at the 1984 Republican convention to sing Ronnie's favorite tune, "America the Beautiful." But that's all they have in common. The difference between them can be summed up in the fact that Ray backed the civil rights movement while Reagan opened his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi-where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964-and gave a speech about states rights, readily understood as code for "no more integration."