OK, so NJ’s favorite rocker with the not-as-big-as-it-used-to-be hair probably didn’t make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year (the final list comes out today at 10:00 a.m.). We’re sure he and his fans will be disappointed, but the news of the probable rejection was undoubtedly softened yesterday, as Jon Bon Jovi — an outspoken Democrat and social activist — got a very high-profile nod from the Obama administration when he was appointed by the president to the White House Council for Community Solutions.
Last year, Bon Jovi gave the world his anthem to the working class, ‘Work For The Working Man” with the release of his 11th album, The Circle — as well as the concert tour” of the same name that opened the New Meadowlands Arena (and which is still going on, btw). The song caught the attention of David Axelrod, President Obama’s chief strategist and right-hand man.
Axelrod has reportedly posted a copy of the lyrics of the song in his office, and is said to find the words — about an American laborer who lost his job and pension — an inspiring reminder of the Obama administration’s responsibility to blue-collar Americans.
The rocker will join a team of activists and philanthropists on the board of the council, which is designed to develop concepts for partnerships between nonprofits, corporations and grassroots organizations.
Bon Jovi, sang the civil rights anthem “A Change is Gonna Come” at Obama’s inauguration with Bettey LaVette.
Check out this video about the Circle Tour at the New Meadowlands Stadium, and see why David Axelrod — and the president — might have found inspiration in NJ’s rockin’ democrat. Read more on the story on NJ.com.
I’m here trying to make a living
I ain’t living just to die
Never getting back what I’m giving
Wont someone help me, someone justify
Why these strong hands are on the unemployment line
And theres nothing left, whats on my mind
Jon Bon Jovi, Work For The Working Man
Photo from Wikipedia.