Bridgeport Resident, International Musician Martin Atkins Speaks Up For Sullivan
A little fun is what’s needed in a political campaign sometimes, even if the underlying issues are serious. When I think of fun (and change and power and overthrowing an old regime), I think of the music I love. I think of the punk and post-punk music that came out of England and the US in the late 70s and 80s. I think of the hundreds of shows I’ve seen and of the great bands that changed the lives of so many.
And I think of the musicians from these bands, some of whom I got to meet over the years and become friends with.
Martin Atkins is among Bridgeport’s most internationally noted arts figures. He is an incredible drummer, has appeared with multi-million selling bands and is a world-class educator and lecturer on cultural business. And he’s lived in Bridgeport for the last fifteen years with his beautiful family. I’ve been honored to be friends and a fellow traveler with him for many years — not even counting the time before I knew him personally and only knew his tremendous work with favorite bands like Killing Joke and Public Image, Ltd.
Punk rock is an attitude, not a style. It’s about doing things yourself, and not waiting for someone else to do it for you. Don’t like the music you’re hearing? Start a band. Don’t like the way the neighborhood looks? Pick up some garbage. Don’t like the candidates you’re seeing run? Run yourself or back up someone who sees things your way. It’s all one continuum, a way of thinking that I believe in. It says: we can change things. Be real, be active and don’t take word from royalty as gospel.
If these themes seem familiar in my campaign, good. That just means you’ve been paying attention.
Our vibrant and growing arts community certainly understands this. And Martin is a perfect example of how arts has enhanced our diverse and working-class community without our losing any of what makes us proud to live here. Creative people and artists are family people, educators, good neighbors.
In fact, the only area where the 11th Ward has been lacking in creativity is in our government.
I’m going to change that.
So enjoy our campaign video clip starring Martin Atkins of Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Ministry, etc. Thanks and hugs, Martin!