Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Italian Rolling Stone seems to have lost its way

Apparently impressed by his anti-democratic and sexist ways, Rolling Stone has made Silvio Berlusconi rock star of the year. Not that it approves:

There was no political agenda behind the choice. "We are far from favouring Left or Right," said [Italian edition editor Carlo] Antonelli. "Silvio Berlusconi's daily behaviour, his furious vitality, his inimitable lifestyle have given him, especially this year, incredible international popularity."

Really? Who actually likes him, then?


Robin Carmody said...

Amazing that, when things like this can happen, anyone seriously doubts my views on what "rock'n'roll" actually is today.

Laura Brown said...

I was just writing about this myself. The best explanation I can think of is that the Italian Rolling Stone is somehow part of Berlusconi's media empire.

Did anyone else notice the bands being promoted on that issue's cover? Are there no bands in Italy worth writing about?

Robin Carmody said...

Even if there are, I somehow suspect that Italian Rolling Stone won't be the place to read about them, and that everyone in Italy who *does* like Italian bands is well aware of it.

Anonymous said...

Still, it's quite funny to notice that no matter what country Rolling Stone comes from they still appear to have space to mention bloody U2 on the cover.

Robin Carmody said...

Italy tends to be one of the last countries to hold out for Anglophone dinosaurs - it was, after all, the place where Mark Knopfler's theme to the revival of 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet' actually made the Top 40. I dare say 'No Line on the Horizon' actually sold pretty well there - though not to anyone with taste, obviously.

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