Who knew Edward Snowden would become such a musical inspiration?

Peter Gabriel is latest to sing about Snowden

Who knew Edward Snowden would become a musical inspiration?
Edward Snowden speaks via video link to the SXSW conference on March 10, 2014 Credit: Image credit: IDG News Service/Martyn Williams

Many would like to see famed whistleblower Edward Snowden face the music for releasing classified information from the NSA a few years back, but who knew his actions would wind up having an impact on the music world itself?

A slew of Snowden-inspired songs emerged from the DIY set in the immediate wake of the leaks back in 2013. But 2016 is shaping up to be another big year with fresh material.

The latest Snowden song comes courtesy of Peter Gabriel for the new Oliver Stone biopic featuring Joseph Gordon-Leveitt called "Snowden." Gabriel's song, "The Veil," plays during the end credits of the film, and basically tells the Snowden story, as the former Genesis band member sings about Snowden being a hero to some and a traitor to others.

This actually isn't the first Snowden song to be released this year either. A California band called Thrice issued a much harder rock song called "Whistleblower" on an album in May called "To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere." Among the lyrics:

You told me keep it quiet
That I'd ruin everything
But I'd rather start a riot
Than help you pull these strings

Not to be outdone, Snowden himself joined forces with Jean-Michel Jarre to put out an electronic music protest song in May dubbed "Exit."

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