Throwback Thursday: Bonnie Raitt

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re celebrating Bonnie Raitt’s birthday with a set of her music.

Active since the 1970′s, Bonnie Raitt has been an icon for quite some time.  The early parts of her career are characterized by a roots influenced sound that was heavily acclaimed, if not widely popular.  That changed in the 1990′s, however, as she released a string of hits throughout the decade.  Her mainstream popularity finally was proportional to her renown within the roots community where she was already a legend for her output to that point and her slide guitar playing.  An activist from an early age, she attended Harvard’s Radcliffe College as a Social Relations African Studies Major.  Her plan was, “to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism… I wanted to help undo the damage that Western colonialism had done to native cultures around the world. Cambridge, Massachusetts was a hotbed of this kind of thinking, and I was thrilled.”

This activism has been intrinsic to her music over the course of her four decade-spanning career.  Some of her notable areas of activism are in the anti-nuclear movement and environmental preservation, in part founding Musicians United for Safe Energy.  Despite her commercial success, she continues this day to be a vocal advocate for the many causes she believes in.  Tune in at 5pm today to celebrate Bonnie Raitt’s birthday with us!

By Bentley J. Holt

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