Jackson [Browne] will tell you that his own antinuclear activism started at the precise moment he first realized that politicians lie…Jackson’s career was at its commercial peak in the second half of the seventies, so his activism involved making some of the greatest sacrifices of anybody. He did antinuclear concerts everywhere, including a tour of California in early 1979 with [Graham] Nash to try to stop the construction of a nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo – only miles from an active earthquake fault. He was arrested a bunch of times and rearrested when he refused to promise the judge that he wouldn’t protest at the same site again.
-From David Crosby and David Bender’s book, Stand And Be Counted
Three Mile Island. Three miles downriver from Middletown, Pennsylvania. March 28, 1979. The site and date of the worst nuclear disaster in United States history. Not exactly good times for our nation.
The following 9-minute video is the March 30, 1979 CBS Evening News report from Walter Cronkite about the accident of Three Mile Island.
Prior to the event at Three Mile Island, a group of musicians had begun organizing a series of five concerts that would be held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, labeled No Nukes. The musicians were part of an antinuclear organization called MUSE, or Musicians United for Safe Energy.
“Between the time we started to plan these shows and when they actually happened, Three Mile Island melted down,” says Jackson [Browne], describing the momentum that was starting to build behind the No Nukes concerts.
For Bonnie [Raitt]…”Since Three Mile Island, all of a sudden everybody was more than eager to get involved.” [referring to the No Nukes concerts]
-From the book, Stand And Be Counted
A guy by the name of Bruce Springsteen, along with his E Street Band, played as part of the No Nukes concerts. After Three Mile Island, Bruce wrote a song called “Roulette.” Listen to it below.
No eloquent point to be made here. Simply sharing a bit of history, and the musicians who were there to make sure we are still talking about it today.