Re: Derrick May
- Oeivind Idsoe wrote:
>Wagner wasn't a Nazi as he died several decades prior to the formation of the National
> From: Oeivind Idsoe <oivind.idso@...>
> I agree that the "Innovator" title is beyond pretentious. But Wagner was a nazi
> and people are still able to listen to his music (exclude me, though -- as W.
> Allen said: "makes me wanna invade Poland"). 20th century art criticism has at
> least taught us to keep the artist seperated from his/her work, and I think May
> should be shown the same mercy/honour/whatever.
Soialist Party. He was, however, an anti-Semite, and a profound influence on Adolf
Hitler. Wagner's son-in-law, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, was actually more influential
as far as the development of Nazi ideology was concerned. Chamberlain was a distinctly
odd character, possessed of a first-rate intellect, yet twisted by irrational hatred of
certain races. He wrote a number of books which he claimed were dictacted by demons.
Reminds me of some of the musicians I know (the demonic possession bit, that is:-).
Talking of separating an artist's personality and their work, I recall Steve Albini
saying one of his favourite bands was Screwdriver! I think he may have been trying to
wind-up an NME journalist at the time...