OK, I'm gonna make this short and sweet: I take major offense at the conservative "shut up and sing" mantra. (Which, btw, only applies to left-leaning artists but never to the likes of Ted Nugent and other right-wing nut jobs.)
So, what is it these people are saying? That because someone wields a guitar for a living they are performing monkeys who have no right to comment publicly on social issues? You know, for folks that constantly harp about personal freedoms, they sure like to silence those who disagree with their ideology.