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I suppose I see artists as having role outside of just their work.
This notion is something that's grown with the cult of celebrity, something I find a little worrying. I mean, Wagner's music or Reifenstahl's films shouldn't be linked to their fascism because they have their own intrinsic merit. Robert Blake killed his wife but I'm not going to stop loving his performance in Lost Highway because it's brilliant! Understanding the artist should help us understand their art, but to allow their actions to influence your opinion on aesthetics just isn't sensible.
Gary Glitter may be a shit but Rock and Roll part 2 rocks and rolls, y'all!
Jay, you are a capital ess, another ess I see...