Magazine article Mother Jones

Bono Is Just the Beginning

Magazine article Mother Jones

Bono Is Just the Beginning

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Once, musicians only proselytized from the stage or gave benefit concerts to raise money for good causes. But Ui's singer pals around with prime ministers and tycoons ... Will other rock stars follow his lead? -TIME MAGAZINE, MARCH 4, 2002,"CAN BONO SAVE THE WORLD?"

Puerto Rican singing sensation Ricky Martin met Donald Rumsfeld in San Juan last Tuesday to urge the secretary of defense to halt Navy bombing on the island of Vieques. Martin greeted Rumsfeld with a stiff salute; Rumsfeld parried with a stiffer macarena. Several daiquiris later, Ricky was overheard to tell Rummy, "Shake your bombas someplace else." -TEEN PEOPLE, OCTOBER 30, 2002

In a closed-door session at the Department ofJustice, Snoop Dogg engaged the attorney general in a spirited debate about medical marijuana. "The Doggfather and I have our differences," an unusually expansive John Ashcroft told reporters afterward, "but we are both committed to relieving chronic pain." "Or at a mutherf-kin' minimum," rejoined Dogg, "relievin' pain with the Chronic."

-ROLLINGSTONE. COM, JUNE 3, 2003

Bringing her Bad Girl sneer to Brussels, Pink arrived at the G-8 summit to lobby for the nations of the Second World. Wearing a baby T emblazoned with the words "Costa Rica Rocks!" the puckish superstar asked the presidents of the world's richest nations "not to forget hella-tight countries like Belize, Estonia, and Uruguay." Pink then goosed German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and whooped, "Let's get this summit started! …

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