Here’s the most interesting conversation I’ve had in many years with the most interesting person I’ve met in years. Please watch my talk with Howie Klein: legendary rock promoter and political activist, who is also a leader in the anti-Trump resistance. We talk politics, rock, my parents, Jerry Falwell, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Trump, war, the 2018 election and more.
As you may know, I’ve embarked on a Road Trip to Take Back the House in 2018. My travels have put me in touch with honest, ordinary, hard-working Americans who want to rescue our country from the weird, grifting plutocrats of today’s GOP.
One such American that I’ve had the pleasure of talking with on my journey is Howie Klein. Howie is a blogger and political activist. He’s also the co-founder of Blue America, a political action committee supporting and raising awareness for progressive candidates running for office. He’s also an avid art collector with an impressive collection of modern works. And, oh yeah, he’s also a legendary record executive who just so happened to sign my favorite rock band Green Day back when he was president of Reprise Records from 1989 to 2001. Think of your favorite band; chances are that Howie has worked with them!
As it turns out, on top of being an incredibly generous music industry legend and progressive dynamo, Howie is also a funny, warm, and engaging storyteller and it was an absolute delight to chat with him in his home about everything from getting his start working as an elevator operator for Robert Kennedy, versus the destructiveness of our current political climate, to the history of rock music and the world of modern art, to the absolute necessity of a Creative Redemption for the soul of humanity.