Awesome article! As an evangelical pastor’s kid growing up, we share that sheltered-by-religion perspective — and music as the great escape. I watched MTV while babysitting & Columbia Music Club was what connected me to my generation (I wrote about that on Medium a couple weeks ago). I always gravitated to do-gooders like U2 and Peter Gabriel musically, but then I discovered NIN. Still in my rotation. My knee-jerk to Marilyn Manson at the time was he was sort of the Dennis Rodman of music — the hype was the whole point — but now I agree, the message went so much deeper. Thank you for the insights, for reminding me of being glued to my TV in college during the Lewinsky scandal, and for expressing yourself — both in your teenage years and now. Due to my upbringing, I was mostly afraid to.

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