Vegetarian food and great music always seem to go hand in hand, and as many musicians are often the more sensitive and intelligent sorts, it is unsurprising that there are a lot of famous vegetarian musicians out there! Below, you will find a selection of famous musicians who are also vegetarians!
Paul McCartney is one of the most famous and widely-known vegetarians and has done a huge amount to promote the vegetarian lifestyle. Paul McCartney said that he decided to become a vegetarian after a fishing trip: “Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, ‘I am killing him — all for the passing pleasure it brings me.’ “And something inside me clicked. I realized as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.”
Kate Bush is another famous musician who has been a vegetarian for a very long time. “Well, I think that ever since I’ve been quite young, I’ve always felt, not bad, but a bit guilty about eating meat because of the fact that animals are killed, and in a lot of cases, in a very unnecessary way, you know? There is a big exploitation of animals. And one day I just had a stew, and tried to eat a bit of meat in the stew, and it was so raw that I identified immediately with the fact that it was an animal, that this thing was alive and it had been killed for me to eat it and I thought, no I’m not into this. So I became a vegetarian.”
Morrisey is easily one of the most famous vegetarian musicians, and also known to be one of the most outspoken celebrities about vegetarianism and animal rights in general. The Smiths (the band that Morrisey is in incase you don’t know) even created an entire album and song titled “Meat is Murder”:
Morrisey has been a vegetarian since he was very young, he said the following about his early years as a vegetarian in an interview with PETA2: “I became a vegetarian when I was about 11 or 12 years old. My mother was a staunch vegetarian as long as I can remember. We were very poor and I thought that meat was a good source of nutrition. Then I learned the truth. I guess you could say I repent for those years now.”
Jeff Beck, who is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, is another longstanding vegetarian musician, having become a vegetarian in 1969. When asked why he had originally became a vegetarian, he replied “I realised what a fool I’d been eating meat at all because, you know, you can’t just carve animals up – it’s not necessary.”
Chuck D, the legendary rapper from Public Enemy, has always been a person who stands up for the oppressed, both in his music and in his activism. Having been a fan of Public Enemy ever since I heard the legendary “Fight The Power” as a rebellious teenager, I was excited to find out that Chuck D is a vegetarian.
Shania Twain is a famous country musician and pop star, who was voted the most beautiful woman of 2013 by the readers of Country Weekly, when asked about her vegetarianism she said “I definitely think there are some benefits. I know a lot of people that have had cancer, for example, and they’ll make a point of telling me, ‘The first thing my doctor told me to do was stop eating meat during this process.’”
Thom Yorke is a member of the famous band Radiohead and is a high profile political activist. Thom is an incredibly talented musician and believes in using his music as a platform for his beliefs and to make a positive change to the world.
Sage Francis is a fantastic hip-hop and spoken word artist whose lyrics reflect his political beliefs about standing up for the oppressed. Sage Francis went vegetarian back in 1996 and has been vegetarian since. He even raps about his vegetarian in some of his music such as in the song “Different” which you can listen to below:
“I’m a real vegetarian; no chicken, not even fish.” Sage Francis on the song “Different” from the album “Personal Journals”.
Jónsi (Sigur Rós)
Jónsi is the singer and guitarist for the amazing icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. Jónsi became a vegetarian gradually, eating less and less meat over time until he fully became a vegetarian. In an interview with Viva Jónsi, said “I have been vegetarian for over ten years. It was something that happened gradually, I just started eating less and less meat, I think my body was telling me to. I didn’t go vegetarian because of the animals, but the longer I have avoided meat, the more disgusted I am by what happens to them. When I look at meat, I see the animal it came from.”