Sasha Frere-Jones became The New Yorker's pop-music critic in 2004. He is also a musician, and since 2003 has performed with the band the Sands. Previous to that, he performed with the band Ui. In 1998, he released Standing Upright on a Curve, a solo guitar album.Carrie Brownstein is the lead guitarist and a vocalist for Sleater-Kinney, the feminist riot-grrl movement inspired indie rock band that she formed with Corin Tucker in 1994. Ms. Brownstein appeared in the 2002 film Group and is an advocate for gay and reproductive rights.
KRS-ONE's most recent album, Keep Right, was released in July. In the mid-1980s, he co-founded Boogie Down Productions with the DJ Scott La Rock. KRS-ONE's song "Stop the Violence" inspired the Stop the Violence Movement, a coalition of hip-hop artists against violence. In 2001, he helped to present the Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace at the United Nations.
Krist Novoselic was the bass player for the band Nirvana, which he formed with Kurt Cobain in 1987. In 1995, he founded the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee. He runs the Web site www.fixour.us, which advocates meaningful electoral reform, and is a board member of Music for America, a political/music nonprofit organization. His first book, Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy, is out in September.
Henry Rollins joined the band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. In 1987, after the band's breakup, he formed the Rollins Band. He owns the publishing company 2.13.61, which has released more than a dozen books, several CDs and DVDs of his own, as well as the work of Henry Miller, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and others. He has appeared in several movies and TV shows, and recently visited U.S. troops stationed in Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Honduras, on behalf of the U.S.O.
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