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14th-Apr-2008 10:01 pm
Just finished watching The Real Casanova on TV Choice on Demand - shut up, it was gaming research. Not sure which annoyed me most: male historians declaring another man to be feminist, or female historians justifying violence against a woman by a) saying she deserved it for not putting out, and b) claiming he felt really bad about it afterwards.

Nasty mouth-taste exacerbated when we switched to BBC News 24  during Entertainment hour and discovered Noel Gallagher is a racist bastard.

Which, y'know, I'm not surprised about, but when I - IB - am coming down on the side of Hip-Hop, you know there's something wrong.

Course, I hate rich Britpop whining as much as any rap, but that's beside the point.
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14th-Apr-2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Skin of Skunk Anansie

Now that was a great performance year I went, and given the album that came out of it is one of our doubled up sets I suspect you'd have agreed.
15th-Apr-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Actually, to pick a nit, Freddy Mercury was Indian. His parents were from Gujarat.
15th-Apr-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Uhm - pardon?

Who said guitar music is inherently white? Noel? Or are you meaning me?

He didn't say that, and I didn't even imply it.

Let's be clear (and give him the benefit of the doubt) - he mentioned Jay-Z, because it's Jay-Z that is headlining Glastonbury. Presumably, had it been Eminem headlining, he'd have made the exact statement, substituting Eminem for Jay-Z.

Or wait - were you agreeing with me? And making clear that what Noel said had nothing to do with race?

Because let's be clear here. Here's the article:


And here's the comment:

Gallagher said: "If it ain't broke don't fix it.

"If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.

"Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?'

"I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."

There's NOTHING in that statement that can be construed as racist, or that can be construed as saying guitars are for white people only. Neither Noel or myself made any kind of statement. And bear in mind, his comments are on the back of the fact that for the first time in several years, Glastonbury hasn't sold out within a day or so of the tickets going on sale. So he's making his "if it ain't broke" statement with a degree of fact backing it up.

Frankly, anyone with a history of going to / watching / listening to the Glastonbury festival can see where he's coming from - it's hard to imagine Jay-Z headlining a festival that is more akin to the Woodstocks of old. That said, I think he's wrong, and under-estimating the pull and power of hip-hop in an open-air concert. I suspect that lack of sales are more to do with the general economic downturn in the UK at the mo'. But just because I think he's wrong (and in general, an ass), doesn't mean I think it's right that people make a story where there isn't one.

And here, there isn't one.

That's twice now that a 'stance' has been invented out of something someone has said - first, with the original poster, and now you, with what I said. Please stop it.

Oh, and you don't need to lecture me about Hendrix. As a left-handed guitarist, he's right up here on my list of influences.

Freddie Mercury is a whole different conversation....
15th-Apr-2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Lol - I just looked up what 'IAWTC' means.

Methinks I should possibly have done that first.


Please ignore the vitriol of the reply, if not the sentiment!
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