Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I Have Long Wondered Who Won't Get Fooled Again

And Pete Townshend tells us: (h/t) Kathy
This summer, National Review magazine called “Won’t Get Fooled Again” the greatest conservative rock song of all time. Townshend says that’s “on the money.” The self-described “working musician” who sees his job as “helping the audience to forget themselves,” says he never really bought into “all that hippie (expletive) I so despise.”
And, Townshend says, “when people say ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ is not about rebellion, it’s the exact opposite of that, I say they’re right.”
But if Townshend can be contentious and pragmatic one minute, the next he can sound an idealistic note about the communal power of music, reminding you that he’s a product of the ’60s.
“The thing that the last great war did was leave us not so much a bleakness of spirit as a vacancy,” he says. “And we filled the vacancy. We filled it with a lot of tosh ... but we also filled it with a lot of passion.”
Tosh and passion - I love that!


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