Wednesday, May 05, 2004

GIs in Iraq tote their own pop culture

From an article in yesterday's Star Tribune:
"At the Kirkush Military Training Base in the eastern Iraqi desert less than 15 miles from the frontier with Iran, an hour's wait for a helicopter was spent listening to Marilyn Manson, Eminem and Shania Twain before the Black Hawk fired up its turbines and somebody back in the barracks, as if on cue and with a dark sense of irony, cranked up Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven.'

The songs came from a European satellite music channel and a communal computer where 12.8 gigabytes of tunes had been downloaded for sharing on MP3s. The rule was simple: Take some music, add some music.

'Anytime anybody on the team gets a new CD, they load it in, so we stay pretty current,' said Sgt. Thomas Mena."

I wonder how long until the RIAA starts suing soldiers...

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