My music is Classical. Give me Bach, Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and I am content. Music and politics, the other item which energises me, never really mix well. Some people would never dream of allowing anything by Wagner to be played within their hearing, because of the connotations with the Nazis, but others, of a slightly more liberal bent, listen to Wagner because it is such wonderful music.
Most of what passes for music produced these days thankfully passes me by, mainly because I listen to either my collection of favourite music on CD, or through the radio waves generated by Classic FM. Of course my ears are assaulted by some tripe, but that happens when I fail to grab the remote when some so-called adverts are broadcast on Sky, but other than that, I know very little about the modern music scene. which is all the more amazing to find myself actually promoting the output, gigs and music of an outfit which I can honestly state I have never heard.
Therefore, please put your hands together, and applaud the concerts, music and output of Public Image Ltd. featuring Mr. John Joseph Lydon, a.k.a Johnny Rotten. Why, might you ask, am I promoting the work of a man whose previous group ‘The Sex Pistols’ produced more anti-social noise than the previous fifty occupiers of the lead position in the New Musical Express Top Ten?
Quite simple, I like a man with principle! I like a man who says exactly what he thinks, and I especially like a man who states, when asked why his group is preparing to play in Israel when many of his contemporaries wouldn’t go near the place,:-
“I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi Jews, If Elvis-f***ing-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”