5 Classic RockersĀ 

Turned Politicians

Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono, born in 1935, gained fame with Sonny and Cher, releasing hit singles like I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On. After their breakup, Bono acted in TV and film, and later became the mayor of Palm Springs, California. He served in the House of Representatives from 1994 until his death in 1998.

Jello Biafra

Eric Boucher, better known as Jello Biafra, was a founding member of the Dead Kennedys and was active in the music scene from 1979 to 1986. Biafra's lyrics often focused on politics, and he initially ran for mayor in San Francisco but never formed a platform.

Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett, born in 1953 in Sydney, is a political and environmental activist who joined the band Midnight Oil in 1973. The band championed Aboriginal rights and the environment, criticizing American military and political actions. Garrett also participated in traditional politics, running for Australian Parliament.

Dave Rowntree

Dave Rowntree, a former rocker and politician, joined the British band Blur in 1989 after a friend introduced him to Damon Albarn. The band, known for their rivalry with Oasis, produced eight albums and eventually released their last album in 2015. Rowntree worked as a solicitor before entering politics, running for local office in 2007, 2008, and 2010. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Greenwich University in 2017.

Jon Fishman

Jon Fishman, born in 1965, is a drummer and founding member of Phish, known for their dynamic live performances and vibrant community. Fishman also sings and supports progressive causes, including Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries and running for Selectman in Lincolnville, Maine in 2017. Fishman and Trey Anastasio collaborate on Ghosts of the Forest, a 2-hour stage show with scripted dialogue.

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