People like to talk about the power of music, but we're all pretty much agreed that in reality, even the most rocking Springsteen song can't stop a bullet or cure a disease. The musicians in these stories would beg to differ, though.
3Sarajevo Residents Brave Mortar Shells for a Rebooted Version of Hair
When Srdjan Jevdjevic and Amir Beso, two Bosnian musicians, staged a reworked version of the musical Hair that featured political statements and "James Brown meets Metallica" renditions of the songs, a description that you might recognize as the opposite of "commercially viable," they regularly drew sellout crowds.
How did they do it? By cornering the market on entertainment in their neighborhood. Where was their neighborhood? Sarajevo, during the Bosnian War.