Throwback: Happy 53rd Birthday, Zack de la Rocha!

The first couple of weeks of January are very busy in music history. We start off with the following:

  • Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones celebrated his 77th birthday on January 3. 
  • R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe celebrated his 63rd birthday on January 4
  • Joy Division and New Order founder Bernard Sumner also celebrated his 67th birthday on January 4 
  • The 70th anniversary of AC/DC co-founder, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist Malcom Young’s birth was on January 6
  • The 76th anniversary of David Bowie‘s brith was on January 8
  • The Doors‘ Robby Krieger celebrated his 77th birthday on January 8
  • Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page celebrated his 79th birthday on January 9
  • Steely Dan co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Donald Fagen celebrated his 75th birthday on January 10. 
  • Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul celebrated her 52nd birthday on January 11

Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha celebrates his 53rd birthday today. de la Rocha may arguably be one of the most uncompromising activists and artists of the past 35 years or so.

Considering the political and social zeitgeist of the past handful of years, Rage’s return was highly-anticipated and much-needed. Hopefully there will be some new material somewhere, huh?

Happy birthday Zack! May there be many, many more!