Tuesday, June 08, 2004

PATRIOTISM THAT BLANCHES IS JUST MARKETING: Interesting that Simon and Garfunkel have dropped the ra-ra-ra movie about how great America is for the European leg of their tour. Apparently, according to Paul Simon, "It's not a political statement. It's a geographic reality."
Art Garfunkel said, "It's what an artist does when he feels the name of his country speaks too loudly and too provocatively (that) it pushes the music aside."

Now, this is odd - surely a piece is either going to be an accompaniement or it isn't? And isn't showing a pro-USA movie in the States going to be even more distracting than it would be in the UK. And if it's heartfelt, why shrink from what you believe just because you're away from home?

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