I’m not a great fan of Robbie Williams, but admit he can sing. Further, he has a distinctive voice, which is the usual criteria for a long career. Think Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and - dare I say it – Cliff Richard. They all have a voice that is immediately recognizable.
But other than the voice, I’ve never thought Robbie Williams amounted to much. So I am pleased that he has decided to take a stance against EMI, spearheading an artists’ strike in protest at the takeover by a private equity firm.
We’re dealing with culture here, but one of the many bad things about today’s corporatism is the single-minded pursuit of profit. From music, to publishing, and everything inbetween, it is being slain to profit. So well done, Robbie! For once.
© Anthony North, January 2008
From my diary - WE'RE SPECIALIST CRAZY
Okay, so I have a medical complaint – I don’t, so don’t panic (apart from chronic fatigue syndrome, that is). I’m speaking metaphorically. Obviously, I would want this sorted out, and I’d want the best, wouldn’t I? I’d want to know that I’m in good hands. But do I necessarily need a specialist ...
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