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#52 Eli Namay, politically active bassist

By Planetary Gigs Society

Eli Namay's parents were both very musical and artistic, he played all sorts of music growing up, and now plays bass in several bands in Chicago. He says, "Music just feels like the right thing to do." He believes music is very powerful and that musicians have a deep responsibility to examine what they are doing and putting out into the world, and that political and cultural activity are distinct but also inter-related; "there is a role for music in culture." He describes music as a "meaning generator" that is mostly positive. He thinks of music as a way to create new possibilities in relationships and believes we can organize politically to solve problems and get things done.

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