Two interesting articles about the effect SB 1070 is having on Arizona music came out this week -- and I'm sharing them not just because I'm quoted in them.
Dan Gibson, who does some freelance work for New Times, penned a piece for Fox News which says that so far most of the talk about concert cancellations isn't making its way to action, as "most [performers] are moving ahead with concerts as planned."
Meanwhile, Alternative Press reporter Luke O'Neill sees more reason to worry in his story. Comparing the building anger to the brouhaha about Arizona's refusal Martin Luther King Day a generation ago, he writes:
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"By comparison, the reaction to that bit of racially problematic law-making may eventually pale in comparison to the pending fallout from SB 1070. Seattle recently became the 11th city in the U.S. to endorse a full boycott of Arizona, cutting off future contracts with Arizona-based businesses and ending official travel to the state. Prominent members of the sports community like the NBA's Arizona Suns have voiced their displeasure (even wearing "Los Suns" jerseys during the conference semifinals in response to the bill), many members of the baseball community have called for MLB to relocate training facilities from the state and prominent members of the entertainment and music industry have taken an oppositional stance. "
As in Gibson's piece, I get the closing quote but I think the best point in the story is made by Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad.
"It's easy to boycott a place you don't go to very often anyway," says Sean Bonnette of Phoenix folk-punks ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD. "It's easy to say you're boycotting and just skip it from New Mexico to California to make a grand political stand. I think indie bands should come to Arizona more. People should move here and vote. That would make a real difference. When Fucked Up just came here, they got a hold of No More Deaths. That's way more productive than just not coming."
By the way, we'd like to thank AP for pimping A Line In The Sand, our compilation of SB 1070 protest songs. Proceeds go to charities fighting the effects of the law. Info on how to buy one is here.