Protest singer Earle blasts US war

17 August 2004

Protest singer Earle blasts US war
US folk-rock artist Steve Earle, whose song about so-called American Taliban John Walker Lindh provoked major controversy in the US, is set to release album which criticises the Iraq war. Earle, an eight-times Grammy nominee based in Nashville, caused a storm with his 2002 song about Lindh, who was jailed for 20 years for serving with fighters in Afghanistan allied to al-Qaeda.
The song, John Walker’s Blues, describes Lindh as “an American boy raised on MTV” who sought out another culture because he felt alienated from his native country.
Its release led to Earle being vilified by some in the US media as “unpatriotic” and even “a traitor”.

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