John Legend on the ‘urgency’ of ‘60s music: ‘As soon as [kids] turned 18, they could be sent to Vietnam — unless they had bone spurs’

Yahoo! - 06-14


It’s well-known that John Legend has been inspired by music made in the '60s and '70s at the height of the Civil Rights movements. The EGOT-winner earned his Oscar for the song “Glory” from Selma, Ava DuVernay’s film about the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches, and he’s been known to cover Marvin Gaye’s landmark 1971 protest album What’s Going On in its entirety live. It could be argued that times are as troubled now as they were a half-century ago, maybe even more so -- but as Legend sits with Yahoo Entertainment, the socially conscious singer offers an interesting theory as to why we’re not hearing as much politically charged music in 2019.