What? You mean singing a pop song isn’t a major revolutionary act?
Try telling that to the all-mouth-and-trousers bunch of so called rebels that are rock stars.
Famous ‘working class hero’- okay middle-class art student turned multi-millionaire – John Lennon really proved his worth as a rebel when it came to the Vietnam War. What did his missus do to stop all that death and destruction? That’s right, they went to bed had a kip! Well, that’ll sort that out, then!
Lennon was clearly bogus of course. This was man with a white Rolls Royce who sang about having no possessions. A wife beater who wanted us to ‘give peace a chance’. Instant Karma, indeed!
And what about those honorary Sandinista freedom fighters The Clash? Public-schoolboy Joe Strummer certainly liked to play the tough guy with ‘the last gang in town’, wielding his guitar like it was a machine gun.
In fact, The Clash even wrote a stirring rebel song called ‘Guns On The Roof’. And what was it about? Revolution? An armed robbery shoot out that went wrong? The poor and oppressed rising up the fight their oppressors?
Naw, it was about a sunny afternoon in West London when those naughty boys The Clash were told off by the police for shooting pigeons with air rifles!
As Robin Scott of M so rightly said in Pop Music ‘Wanna be a gunslinger/ Don’t be a rock singer/ Eenie meenie minie mo / Will get you were you wanna go.’
That’s show business!