Variety Magazine has posted an article about James Taylor, Carole King and other musicians helping out Senator Barack Obama in his campaign for President of the United States, and remembers their efforts for George McGovern in 1972.
Nine presidential elections ago, the idea that a new generation of songwriters — represented by Taylor and King — had the sway to make a difference for a candidate was radical. The word “change” was not being bandied about the way it is today, but the signs were certainly there, especially when it came to a candidate embracing the culture of youth and its artistic leaders.
What we don’t see in these modern campaigns are the musicians who were in Taylor’s position when he was stumping for McGovern.
It goes on to speculate why current musicians aren’t making the same efforts as their elder contemporaries.