|Liam and Noel Gallagher are members of the band
Oasis. Noel's song writing and Liam's singing emulate John Lennon, who
is their idol, musically and philosophically.
Liam has said, "I live for now, not for what happens after I die. If I die and there's something afterwards, I'm going to hell, not heaven. I mean, the devil's got all the good gear. What's God got? The Inspiral Carpets and nuns. Fuck that."
Noel has been described, in his own words, as, "a famous, wealthy, Irish, Catholic, working class, 'half an atheist and half a coward'" -- but with inspired musical craftsmanship
Visit Oasis at: http://www.oasisinet.com/
|Bob (Sir Robert) Geldof, is Irish
musician and cofounder of the Boom Town Rats. Moved by the horror
of starving Ethiopian children in 1984, Geldof started a number of continuing
humanitarian efforts. With the success of his "Band Aid" song Do
They Know It's Christmas?, he proceed to fund-raising concerts called
"Live Aid." He currently works on national debt relief and forgiveness
for the poorest of third world countries in addition to touring and performing.
When asked if he was "an atheist... agnostic?" Geldof said "yes."
Click here for Net Aid
|Greg Graffin is the vocalist for Bad Religion,
an American band that sets the standards for punk rock. Graffin also
studies paleoanthropology and has taught evolutionary history at Cornell
University. After a hiatus, the band is back together with excellent
new material and a summer 2002 tour.
Many of Bad Religion's lyrics reflect atheist freethought
|Lance Hahn, a guitarist, singer, and songwriter
of a diverse blend of music and songs with a strong punk flavor.
He has played with a flux of others over the last 20 years, first starting
He currently lives in San Francisco but tours with his band is J Church.
With the band Cringer (1985-1991) he recorded his wonderful atheist song, "Blasphemous."
|Kathleen Hanna was a member of the band Bikini
Kill and helped start the Riot Grrrl movement, blending feminism and punk
rock. After a solo album, Hanna formed the band Le Tigre, which mixes
bubblegum, punk, and danceable beats with subversive lyrics.
Hanna says, "I don't believe in God, but I believe God invented four-tracks".
|Lou Harrison (b.1917) is one of the most original
and important American composers of the 20th century. He helped introduce
Asian and other multi-tonal scales into Classical music performances.
Rhythm and tonality are central in his works, while harmony is not.
He helped to introduce the Indonesian
gamelan, an orchestra composed mostly of percussive musical instrument,
to the United States.
"He is one of the first American composers to successfully
create a workable marriage between Eastern and Western forms." --
Lou Harrison: Composing a World (1998) biography
by Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman.
|Taylor Hawkins, is the drummer for the Foo Fighters,
but he also plays piano, guitar, bass and sings. Hawkins spent about
two years on the road in Alanis Morissette's band before joining the Foo
Fighters. Earlier this year Hawkins was hospitalized for "overindulgence"
but is now back working on the follow-up to their grammy-winning album.
When asked, "What does God look like?" Hawkins said, "God looks like a dollar bill."
|Paul Hester was a member of, among others, the
bands Split Enz and Crowded House. Hester plays drums and guitar
When asked, "Do you believe in God?" Hester answered,
"No! My father used try to get me to go to Sunday school but I wouldn't."
|Stephan Jenkins is the front man for Third Eye
Blind. The band was founded in San Francisco in the early 90s when
Jenkins was a literature major at Berkeley University. Music became
the fulfillment of his love of storytelling.
In November 1998, Jenkins threw 1000 condoms into the audience at Siena College, a Catholic university whose administration had prohibited free condom distribution.
In an interview, Jenkins said that although neither he nor his mother believe in God, they'll attend Christmas Midnight Mass because "...I'm a big believer in praying, and I'm a believer in singing. So it's an opportunity to sing and pray, and I like that a lot. [But] I think religion is a bunch of hooey..."
|Billy Joel is listed in Celebrity
Atheists as "ambiguous," though he has, over the years, repeatedly
said he was "an atheist." Still, he makes quasi-religious statements
like, "God knows I've never been a spiritual man."
As a child he was exposed to Judaism, Catholicism, and the Church of Christ -- but rejected them because of their exclusivity and guilt inducing beliefs.
"...I still feel very much like an atheist in the religious aspects of things," Joel says. "But there are spiritual planes that I'm aware of that I don't know anything about and that I can't explain..." Joel believes music connects with these planes and he uses religious allusions in many of his songs.
Visit Columbia Records site: http://www.billyjoel.com/
|Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones a rap musician, gained
fame with the group Onyx, but released a 2001 CD titled Black Trash:
The Autobiography of Kirk Jones. In the liner notes he
writes, "And don't think I'm on some old religious shit, cause I don't
follow religion because it's an illusion, (made up, not real) just like
everything else in this world; from politics to culture to law to the concept
of time to
the language we speak. Everything is something someone made up and people continue to follow as if it's real."
|Mark Knopfler best known for his work with the
band Dire Straits. In a 1991 interview in Australia, Knopfler
stated that he believes Elvis never came back from the dead, via reincarnation
or other means. He took an agnostic stance in regards to "fate,"
stating "I think what you're supposed to do is say 'I don't know.'
More and more things happen to me that seem to be more of a coincidence,
more and more things happen where you're tempted to think that things are
mapped out and you're tempted to think that there's a connection between
seemingly disparate events. You're not suppose to know because if
you knew that for sure then you'd say er.. you'd say well then 'I believe
in God' or whatever..
"...how the universe came about. I don't think you'll ever know. I don't think you're supposed to know."
"My atheism is rocklike. Nothing touches it... Life is random."
Alvin Lee and Ten Years After are a British rock, blues band who are still rocking after 35 years!
Keep abreast of Alvin Lee at: http://www.alvinlee.com/
"...I firmly believe all religion is bullshit, but I don't think I would have gone and written a song expressing that, unless I could figure out a way to make it funny." - Tom Lehrer (1995)
An Onion (2000) interview with Tom Lehrer
|John Lennon (1940-1980) was the composer of what
has become an anthem for atheists around the world, "Imagine."
Lennon rejected religion and dogma, but he was not really an atheist -
he espoused a sort of vague spirituality.
Jim Lindberg, is the singer for the enduring punk band Pennywise. He counts among his ambitions: "To save the world from the tyranny of political and religious megalomaniacs and apathy through fast, positive, cacophonous power punk."
Visit their website at: http://www.pennywisdom.com/
|John Lydon, better known as 'Johnny Rotten' from
in the infamous Sex Pistols is a recording artist who is still winning
awards. He writes in the liner notes of the 1992 single 'Cruel' --
"Where is God? I see no evidence of God. God is probably Barry Manilow."
Visit his official website at: http://www.john-lydon.com/
||Barry Manilow is a performer, composer, arranger
and producer of musical entertainment in many settings. He's recorded
over 30 albums.
Responding to reader's questions in the November 18, 1998 issue of the UK daily newspaper, The Independent, Manilow said:
Q: Do you believe in God?
Q: How important is your Judaism to you?
|Shirley Manson is the lead singer in the rock band Garbage. According to a September 1998 Rolling Stone article titled "Spirit In The Sky," Shirley says she "grew up under Scottish Presbyterian schooling" and "my father was my Sunday school teacher." At age 12 she announced her atheism at the dinner table, calling religion "bullshit." This view she continues to maintain, though more tactfully.|
|Nick Mason has been the drummer for the band Pink
Floyd throughout its various incarnations.
In an interview with Q Magazine, when he was asked, "Do
you believe in God?", he replied, "No I don't, though I quite often wish
that I did. I believe in God Dylan."
Visit the Pink Floyd website at: http://www.pinkfloyd.co.uk/
|Dave Matthews and the Dave Matthews Band have
had tremendous success since the early 1990s by combining jazz and rock
into a uniquely popular sound.
In US magazine (June 1998) Matthews said, "I'm glad some people have that faith. I don't have that faith. If there is a God, a caring God, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world."
And in the Boston Globe (March 4, 2001) he said, "'It would be safe to say that I'm 'agnostic.' However, I do feel as though we owe a faith to the world and to ourselves. We owe a grace and gratitude to things that have brought us here... Maybe the real faithful act is to commit to something, to take action, as opposed to saying, `Well, everything is in the hand of God.'"
From the album Every Day, song What You Are
Visit the Dave Matthews Band official website: http://www.dmband.com/
|Sarah McLachlan - is a Canadian singer / songwriter
who has performed for the Pope, though she regards herself as agnostic.
On the 1996 XTC tribute CD, A Testimonial Dinner, she covered their
song Dear God.
In the same year she is quoted as saying, " I don't follow
any organized religion, but I do believe in the idea of god as a verb --
being love and light, and that we are part of everything as everything
is part of us."
Visit her official website at: http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/
|James Miller best known as "Ewan MacColl"
(1915-1989) was the Scottish folk singer, social commentator, and playwright.
MacColl was a major force in the revival of folk music in the 1950s and
60s and influenced political and social awareness and change. In
addition to playing traditional Celtic and other folk music, he wrote ballads
that range from savage political satire to tender love songs. He
married and performed with Peggy Seeger (half-sister to Pete Seeger).
|Mike Mills is the bassist for the group R.E.M.
Mike is the only one in R.E.M. still living in Athens, GA, where he is
involved in the local politics and funding community building preservation.
When Q Magazine, a British music publication, gave Mills a questionnaire that asked him if he believed in God, Mills replied, "No."
Visit REM's website at: http://www.remhq.com/
And visit this Mike Mills fan site: http://www.angelfire.com/sd/mangocrack/rem.html
|Momus is the creation of Scottish born musician,
essayist and wit Nick Currie. In one essay he writes, "This, then,
was the sound of humanism. It shone like an exit sign in the palace
When asked in the September 6, 2000 edition of The Onion A.V. Club "Is There A God?" Momus replied, "Umm... Uh, I'm an atheist."
Visit Momus at: http://www.demon.co.uk/momus/
The last album by the vintage Mötorhead was Iron Fist (1982), which includes the great song: Don't Need Religion.
Visit the official Mötorhead website at http://www.imotorhead.com/
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) began composing
at age five and conducted a Mass he'd composed at age 12. While the
concert master to the Archbishop of Salzbury he began losing his Catholic
faith. He joined the Freemasons, which was banned by the Church,
and turned to writing opera. Leading biographers give further
evidence of his rejecting Christianity. On his death bed he refused
the priest sent for by his wife and was buried without a service in the
common grave of the poor.
and the Mozart Society of America at: http://www.unlv.edu/mozart/
|Frank Mullen is a lyricist and vocalist the brutal
death metal band Suffocation. The band was together through the 1990s and
disbanded in 1998. Some fans hope the rumors of a reunion are true.
In an interview conducted by Doug Folden, Mullen said, "...my religious views are on, I guess, an atheist point."