THE GUARDIAN - THE VENDETTA, ETC…. A well written piece by Joshua Surtees in The Guardian for a change today. Unlike the bullshit consistently put out there by hacks the likes of Tim Jonze, using his buddy Billy Braggart, etc. Joshua's piece was heartfelt and articulate. His talents would actually better serve the world by using it for a more important goal than critique of a music artist. We could really use writing of this caliber over here in the States writing against Trump, etc. However, there is only one little problem with Joshua’s story…… MORRISSEY IS NOT A RACIST! You can say what you like about his provocative views. But I’ve been with him as manager for over two years now. When you travel together around the world, meeting all kinds of people, something like that would not go unnoticed. So…. Who’s right? Who is wrong? Why don’t we find out together!!! Joshua Surtees - If you read this…...I’m offering you a job! We invite you to come out for the first week of our U.S. Tour in September. All expenses paid. Cover the tour for us, and come see for yourself. Since M was such an important influence in your early life it should be worthwhile. One thing…….you’d have to find a better paper than The Guardian to sell it to. Since they have the absolute lowest circulation of all the major dailies in the UK. And since the paper and their music editor have now become so well known for their personal vendettas against artists, etc. What do you say? - PK
MAYBE THE GUARDIAN’S MUSIC EDITOR AND HIS WRITER’S SHOULD FUCK OFF - PART 2 You couldn't make it up, could you? The Guardian "reviewer" of California Son (Laura Snapes, who didn't actually review the album, just literally slated M as a person the entire feature) retweets a comment endorsing the fact that artists are *supposed* to be "provocative.” I guess only if the comments fit their approval. Lol. People now see through The Guardian's agenda. They are making it easy now. - PK
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE GUARDIAN? I'm sure many of you may have seen this as it came out yesterday morning. As one more in an endless string of related stories from The Guardian, in some ways it was nothing new. But in thinking about the whole matter a bit further…... I asked myself……. What is the goal of the Guardian? To see if they can ridicule M into retirement? Stop him from having a livelihood? Stop him from having fans? Have they been as hard on any other artists? I really don’t know the answers to these questions. I’m also an American so what can I truly know about British politics? But does Tim Jonze believe he has to destroy M’s influence and credibility in order to save England? Or is he still upset that he had to write a retraction for what he said about Morrissey when he headed up the now defunct N.M.E.? Mr Jonze made sure to mention that pressure from Morrissey’s lawyers forced him to lie and say “we do not believe Morrissey is a racist”. So, since he admitted that he lied in print, to save his ass, does that not make Mr Jonze current motivations questionable? Can we ever trust what he says? At this point does anyone even care about what they say at The Guardian? Mr Jonze questioned whether the Guardian should promote others to “boycott California Son” . Isn’t that exactly what he has been trying to do these last few months? Does any other paper attempt to track down guest vocalists 3 months before an album even comes out and brow beat them until they say they regret being on M’s album? Mr Jonze claims The Guardian’s only agenda is to bring the truth to light and present objective journalism. Did M wear a For Britain “badge” or a small For Britain “pin” ? Perhaps Mr Jonze said…”Well a “badge” certainly sounds a lot bigger….let’s use that!!!" Morrissey also wears Malcolm X pins and James Bernard pins. That is of course not worth mentioning because it doesn’t help prove The Guardian’s agenda. Nor does the fact that M covered songs on the CS album made famous by Dionne Warwick and The Fifth Dimension. So why not mention that? Well…..it must be a fluke. Instead the Guardian had to dig up an ancient quote from 1986 where Morrissey said he "detests….black modern music”. That proves it - right? Give me a break! Does The Guardian really care about objective journalism? Or care about journalism at all? Are they just desperate to get eyeballs on stories to save their dwindling advertising income? Or is this possibly just an endless vendetta, a personal feud being carried out by Mr Jonze? And by the way….. Did Morrissey stop being a provocateur? When was that exactly? Plus, does anyone care what Mr Jonze’s personal friend Billy Bragg, says (or creates) these days? Does anyone care if Bragg is “devastated” about anything? Did his last album or any of the singles chart in the UK sales chart? California Son entered the UK Sales Chart at # 4 today. The British fans have shown their opinion. It can also be seen as a comment on what most people think about The Guardian's. - PK
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All this over a pin? Everyone always wants to jump to conclusions. Morrissey has never been affiliated with any political party in the past. Morrissey has never voted in his life, and is not a member of any political party. Morrissey opposes racism, hatred and press censorship. Morrissey believes in free speech and free expression and opposes totalitarian regimes. Morrissey has only ever met two political figures - Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair. Morrissey currently wears lapel pins of James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Aretha Franklin, Oscar Wilde. Morrissey is quite used to smear campaigns from the UK press. It is nothing new for us. Thanks to the fans the CS record is currently # 2 at HMV today. And thanks to Merseyrail for all the extra press today! A great holiday weekend to all. - PK.
BECAUSE THIS IS HOW I AM "In early old age could I please express very sincere thanks to BBC Radio 2 for their broad-shouldered support given to "California Son", "Wedding Bell Blues" and "It's Over". Whatever the future brings, I will always remember Radio 2's steady support during these rocky weeks - especially from Jo Whiley. I am sorry the UK print media's contorted interpretation of who and what I am has gone all wrong. In these days when most people are afraid to even whisper, the print media write as if someone is coming to get them. This aching nervousness brings on the vengeful and paranoid. Inventing Britain's doomsday is the preoccupation of the tabloids, and they can hate you for having lived.I straighten up, and my position is one of hope. The march backwards is over, and life has begun again. With voice extended to breaking point, I call for the prosperity of free speech; the eradication of totalitarian control; I call for diversity of opinion; I call for the total abolition of the abattoir; I call for peace, above all; I call for civil society; I call for a so-far unknowable end to brutalities; "No" to Soviet Britain; prayers not to gods but to forces; an end to disingenuous media cluelessness; the people have the power; hatred and beheadings belong in the furnace of history; music might still be your only friend; for every shade and persuasion … we shall always be alongside each other - everyone's culture of value; no more fashionable outrage; cows are friends to humans - don't kill them; beware of those who write in headlines; moral fiber means holding on … to your friends; give up on inferior arguments; God gave you your life to enjoy - you will cry for your life in years to come … death always answers back; do not be a nobody; you have survived this far in order to make the remainder peaceful and funny; your very survival proves that you have a right; ignore the cold eyes of fascism; your life is Art." MORRISSEY 24 May 2019
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The official lyric video for 'Lady Willpower' by Morrissey. Taken from the new album 'California Son' releasing 24th May. Pre-order: https://morrissey.lnk.to/son
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So, with the first few notes and words of Viva Hate’s “Suedehead” to open a 100-minute, 21-song set after he sauntered onto the stage known as the Hummingbird Centre when he last played it in 2004, the 59-year-old Maestro of Melancholy presented a dynamic show that was as sturdy in its musicianship as Moz was on vocals." "But the best moment was saved for the encore of You Are The Quarry’s “First of The Gang To Die.” At the conclusion of the power pop tune that was delivered at a Spanish-tinged tempo, Morrissey unexpectedly fleshed out the song in a daring manner that won’t be spoiled here, but it left the cheering crowd wanting more. Morrissey definitely gave them a night to remember." - The Toronto Star