Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 3, 2009

Annals of rock and roll

Filed under: capitalist pig,commercialism,music — louisproyect @ 12:21 am

Bono wishes Bill Gates a happy birthday

From Harper’s Magazine Blog:

Sting: Obama, Synchronicity, Hypocrisy

By Ken Silverstein

The biography of a celebrity asshole, in three short chapters. Excerpts below all come from news stories published in October of 2009.

From the Associated Press, on Sting’s deep thoughts on Obama:

The former Police frontman said that he spent some time with Obama and “found him to be very genuine, very present, clearly super-smart, and exactly what we need in the world.” Sting, 58, said he’s hopeful that the world’s problems can be dealt with, but is frustrated that “we seem to be living in a currency of medieval ideas.” “My hope is that we can start talking about real issues and not caring about whether God cares about your hemline or your color,” he said. “We are here to evolve as one family, and we can’t be separate anymore.”

From EurasiaNet, on Sting’s visit with the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, whose regime killed one prisoner by immersion in boiling water:

Tickets to see British singer Sting perform in Tashkent will cost between $1,000 and $2,000 dollars, organizers say. The former Police front man will play at the Alisher Navoi Theater on October 18 as part of Art Week Style, a fashion and art event masterminded by Gulnara Karimova, President Islam Karimov’s daughter. Even the cheapest ticket will cost more than 45 times the average monthly salary in Uzbekistan, the report notes. Previous entertainers at Karimova’s showcase include Rod Stewart and Julio Iglesias.

From Fashion Week Daily:

Sting made it all way to Uzbekistan for the event, where he joined beautiful Dr. Gulnara Karimova at fashion shows and beyond. The superstar closed the week with a concert at the Tashkent Sate Opera and two giant screens were positioned in the square outside the State Theater to accommodate all of those who couldn’t get tickets to the charity performance. And believe it or not, the entire city knew every word to nearly all the songs in the set.


  1. At least he’s fighting in favor of Chevron for taking responsibility of their pollution.

    Comment by Jenny — November 3, 2009 @ 2:59 am

  2. Yep, Sting’s a real dick.

    Comment by Ed — November 3, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  3. And Elvis loved Dick Nixon. Who gives a shit? It’s only rock ‘n roll to me.

    Comment by Richard Greener — November 3, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  4. Sting’s stuff with The Police was pretty good, but his solo stuff always struck me as the work of a pretentious twit. Thank you for giving me another reason to dislike him.

    Comment by John B. — November 5, 2009 @ 2:10 am

  5. “We are here to evolve as one family, and we can’t be separate anymore.”

    The myopia of this little prick is mind boggling. Billions of toilers grinding in poverty while a handful of billionaires & filthy rich celebs spew this kind of drivel. If anyone’s guilty of medieval thinking it’s Sting & Bono.

    Jenny. Mother Theresa, who organized witch-hunts against Indian women in favor of free contraception, also advocated Chevron cleaning up their pollution, but that didn’t prevent her from being the Ghoul of Calcutta.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — November 7, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  6. Rock has always been about money and thus implicitly hypocritical. Punk was about making money by the promoters at least. John Lennon allegedly hit his wife too. The sooner we toss all expectations out the window regarding musicians the sooner we will be free. The music is good but let’s let go of all idol worship.

    Comment by chuck i bukowski — December 17, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

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