- ...The Edge
I've been a subscriber to this list for a long time but have never
contributed anything before. I've always enjoyed this list and the
contributions to it and found them to be an interesting addition to my
monthly issue of The Wire.
I've been following the discussions about Muslimgauze with great interest,
I'm responsible for the Muslimgauze site so it's a topic close to home. I
also liked Bryn very much and found him to be a very, surprisingly, shy and
quite person. I still miss him very much and find it quite fascinating that
much like many other "artists" there is a great deal more discussion about
him and his works now then when he was alive.
I don't want to get into a big discussion or defence of his political
beliefs as I think a lot of the comments that have been made here have been
pretty well thought out and that everyone is allowed their own opinions. I
know I didn't totally agree with the vehemence with which Bryn held some of
his beliefs but I have to give him a great deal of credit for helping me to
gain different perspectives. He would always say that the best he could hope
for is that people would listen to the music and look into the events, that
spawned it, on their own and not just take the standard Western media line
There was a mention by someone regarding the Israeli newspaper item about
Muslimgauze. We have the newspaper and are hoping to finally have a
translation of it in the near future. This will appear on the site
(Pretentious.Net/Muslimgauze). A number of people from the Muslimgauze
mailing list have undertaken this project but it will take some time.
Another point that was mentioned was that of Bryn's music being blacklisted
in the US market. I really don't think it was a great conscious undertaking
by any major "force" other than the fact that the distributors, of the day,
had very little interest in anything that wasn't going to make them gobs of
money. Therefore no one wanted his stuff. He was also putting out all of his
recordings on his own labels and unfortunately it was around the time of the
collapse of a number of the UK independent distributors. He had a deal with
one of these, Red Rhino as I recall, and when they went under Bryn almost
had to quit recording. In stepped the boys at Staalplaat and Soleilmoon and
"so the legend was born". It should also be pointed out that contrary to
some of the comments on this list Bryn began recording in 1982. The
recordings remarked upon being from the 1990 and on period would most likely
have been fairly easily located as Extreme and then Soleilmoon and
Staalplaat have managed to get their products out through a pretty decent
number of sources.
Thanks to all for providing this forum and for all the interesting and
Keeping the faith.