At 08:20 PM 2/28/99 -0000, GaryLeeG wrote:
>From: "GaryLeeG" <gary@...>
>> From: John Everall <john.sentrax@...>
>>Wagner wasn't a Nazi....
>>Talking of separating an artist's personality and their work, I recall
>>saying one of his favourite bands was Screwdriver! I think he may have been
>>wind-up an NME journalist at the time...
I can imagine Albini having been serious about that--Skrewdriver's sound
probably appeals to him, whether he agrees with their politics or not (and
he's certainly been ambiguous about racial & political issues in the past).
>This is an interesting ethical question. If someone currently making music
>declared themselves a racist, I'm sure a lot of us would avoid their stuff
>like the plague. But it's OK for historic figures... Does it boil down to
>current social impact? Wagners long dead so his views can't do any harm?
>This isn't something I've really thought about before so any points...
The problem with this is that you can end up not listening to anything,
because everybody has some sort of unpleasant character trait(s). Say we
axe Wagner for anti-Semitism; what about Miles Davis smacking his wife
around? Do we not read Eliot or Pound because of their misguided support of
Mussolini (though both of them later repented)? There are any number of
medieval motets or chansons with shockingly anti-Semitic texts (one of
Alfonso's cantigas concerns the public burning of a Jewish woman, followed
by an extended Alleluia)--should we boycott those as well?
My personal solution is to avoid supporting living anti-Semites and bigots.
If I want to read something Noontide Press publishes, I wait until I can
find a used copy. If I'm curious to know what RAHOWA sounds like, I'll
scrounge the used-record bins. You may feel the need to be more
restrictive, and that's okay.
Library Assistant III
University of California at Berkeley
Which is it: is man one of God's blunders, or is God one of man's blunders?
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), notes for _The Will to Power_ (1883-1888)