David Crosby celebrates his 75th birthday today, and over the years, he has been “teaching his children well” with all the charity work he’s done. And he’s not the only one. In honor of the folk rocker’s birthday, we look at other musicians who put their money where their mouth is.
Crosby has been involved with a number of charitable organizations and events. For a few of his shows in 2013, he teamed up with RockCanRoll to encourage fans to bring in canned goods for the hungry. He’s also been working with the Guacamole Fund, which helps organize benefit shows for various organizations. And who can forget his performance with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Live Aid in 1985.
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The Beatle is so involved in charity work and various causes that his website has a special page just to showcase all of them. His most notable work has been with Meat Free Mondays, a vegetarian society that tries to advocate for people to go at least one day without meat. And he wrote this awesome song for them too.
A past bandmate with Crosby, Young is very active in the fight against genetically-modified organisms, or GMO’s. For proof, his new album, The Monsanto Years, directly calls out Monsanto, an agrochemical company that deals largely with GMOs and food. In his song “Monsanto Years,” Young pulls no punches and hides behind no veiled metaphors: “The farmer knows he's got to grow what he can sell, Monsanto, Monsanto/So he signs a deal for GMOs that makes life hell with Monsanto, Monsanto/Every year he buys the patented seeds/Poison-ready they're what the corporation needs, Monsanto.”
The frontman for The Police has also been the frontman for the protection of rainforests in South America. He founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 with his wife, Trudie Styler. According to its website, Sting and the fund “have been supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to conserve their land and defend their rights.”
The flamboyant legend has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS. The Elton John AIDS Foundation was founded in 1992 and has raised a whopping $321 million since then! The money goes to various foundations in the US and abroad for research and spreading awareness all over the world.
As a recovering drug addict, Clapton knew all about how hard the road to recovery is. He tried to make that road a bit smoother with his Crossroads Center in the Caribbean. He made an ultimate sacrifice to raise money for the center by auctioning off some of his most prized guitars. One in particular, Blackie, a Fender Stratocaster, sold for £600,000 ($666,120)! His auction in 2011 raised $2.15 million for the center.
Blake Froling is a classic rocker who can be seen on the road belting out AC/DC songs in his car.