Is our very own Lodestone!!!
During my annual summer binge on Bob Marley and the Wailers, I had cause to listen to Exodus in the car. It’s a beautiful album that confirmed Bob Marley’s status as a global superstar, shifting truckloads all over the world.
When it was released in 1977, I felt a little let down by it. After the radical militancy of his previous albums, Exodus sounded embarrassingly commercial to my less-than-tolerant teenage ears. It wasn’t reggae as I recognised it. I felt certain that the people of Jamaica thought so too. It was a shiny album with rhythms that purr like a finely tuned Bentley, produced by Bob himself, full of soppy love songs. In the year of peak Punk, Bob Marley and the Wailers had become a frivolous Pop group.
Of course, these days I view it differently. Yes, Exodus is packed with infectious, bouncy tunes designed to brighten day-time mainstream radio, but side one is as subversive a collection of songs as any Bob has written. Side One is a manifesto for insurrection. Natural Mystic sets the scene of a world in turmoil that is still relevant today. The sequence of So Much Things To Say/Guiltiness/Heathen eviscerates those in power » Continue Reading.
His Washington visit has been a masterclass in how to handle the world’s most important narcissist. The buddying-up yesterday followed by the perfectly nuanced dissing of Trump policies in his speech to Congress today.
It has been suggest that this zinger from the Orange One (though probably not written by him) would make the perfect first line for a short story.
Over to you. I’m sure the hive mind can come up with something.
And rather splendid it is too.
This is currently trending on Twitter, surely we can create some of our own. Remember they’re tweets so 140 characters only. Here’s an example –
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
Beggars smell bad! Not a fan! No handouts! The devil! Sympathetic! I like him! This smells bad, too!
“Report alleges Donald Trump paid for ‘golden showers’ and Twitter cannot contain itself”, including gratuitous explanations. Nice to the SMH keeping things classy.
Thought some of you might enjoy this.
The Trump Book Report is trending all over the shop which describes various works of literature in the style of the Donald. You know where this is going, #trumpalbumreport please – loosely around 140 characters.
Lovely Rita. In 10 years I’m gonna be dating her – and not when she’s 64 know what I’m saying. I made it with only #alittlehelpfrommydad. Hillary had 30 years to fix those holes. #letsmakeBlackburngreatagain.
This may seem somewhat trivial compared to his other crimes against decency and respect for others, but, bloody hell, seeing Donald Trump use Free’s ‘Alright Now’ and The Stones ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ (though perhaps there’s a message there?) as he bounds up to the podium on his election rallies is thoroughly nausea-inducing. Other past or present examples?