Monday, December 15, 2008

Who cares?

This piece in today’s Age fills me with inertia.

The paper notes;

Sir Paul McCartney has disputed the long-held view that John Lennon was the political Beatle, arguing that his views galvanised the band to take a stance against the Vietnam War.

Ignoring music magazines to speak to the intellectual magazine, Prospect, McCartney describes how he caught a taxi to the Chelsea home of philosopher Bertrand Russell and this unplanned meeting sparked the musical foray for pacifism.

Well, whoop-de-whoop.

The paper quotes Sir Paul as saying about his meeting with philosopher Bertrand Russell

He was fabulous. He told me about the Vietnam War … I remember going back to the studio either that evening or the next day and telling the guys, particularly John Lennon, about his meeting and saying what a bad war it was.”

Paul, do you really want to be associated with kicking off the odious trend of “celebrity” activists, who seem to think their (often limited) achievements in one field gives them the right to bore us rigid with their turgid opinions on all manner of modern ills?

Previously that role had been filled by the cunt Lennon. We may now have to re-think and pelt McCartney with eggs the next time he appears in public.

And as a special treat for the PETA people, I plan to be cremated in a coffin filled entirely with meat*.

*Meat other than my corpse, I mean.


catlick said...

So I'm seeing you laid out Ramon, with a link sausage necklace, (EU standard) and sirloin armrests. A large eye fillet provides neck support, whilst the hyperextension of the legs is mitigated by small mounds of ground beef. I see a wreath made of beef jerky and juniper, and it's tasteful, no really, it works. It. Works.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Just reading that makes me hungry, Catlick.

Perseus said...

Rockstars should just stick to: "I wanna get down with you tonight..." songs and leave it there.

Mr E Discharge said...

I remember the heady days of the Vietnam War protests, tens of thousands of committed young people marching shoulder to shoulder with Comrade Cairns, their defiant voices joined as one singing "Oh-Blah-Di Oh-Blah-Da" and "Mull of Kintyre".

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Enough to bring any government to its knees, Mr E.

Lewd Bob said...

I dunno. Sure, celebrities aren't experts, and many aren't quite as eloquent as we superior beings, but sometimes it takes somebody with a high profile to bring issues to the attention of the apathetic masses.

I don't mind seeing the Damons, the Clooneys, the Robbins/Sarandons, the Geldofs and, yes, even the Bonos of this world speaking out on issues that governments or individual politicians are wary of doing because they care more about their political careers and toeing the party line than actually making a fucking difference.

*Cough* Garrett *Cough*

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Bob, I'd agree with you to a certain extent.

I think Clooney has done some good work around Darfur and Bruce Springsteen is always worth listening to but most of these cunts always seem to take the same, easy options.

Fur? Mulesing?

Fuck me!

Lewd Bob said...

Matt Damon delivered some gold prior to the US Presidential election:

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

And talking about vacant fame-whores, I see Missy Higgins is back in town.

squib said...

I find it a bit odd that Paul needed Bertrand Russell to tell him the war was bad

and that Paul is boasting about this. That's embarrassing

Mr E Discharge said...

I find it odd that as far as i know, in the latter years of his life, Russell lived on his family estate in Wales, not in Chelsea.

I also find it odd that McCartney is still so afraid of living in Lennons shadow nearly thirty years after his death. Revise History all you want Paul, the truth remains.

To quote Comrade Lennon:
So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise
You better see right through that mother's eyes
Those freaks was right when they said you was dead
The one mistake you made was in your head
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

You live with straights who tell you you was king
Jump when your momma tell you anything
The only thing you done was yesterday
And since you're gone you're just another day
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

Christian Kerr said...

Stuff the politics. Paul was the artsy Beatle. Just take a listen to the stuff he's released with Youth from Killing Joke.