Drummond blasts McGee's party politics- Library of Mu
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- Title: Drummond blasts McGee's party politics
- Date: 25 October, 1997
- Journal: NME
- Author: -
- Type of resource: News items
- Status: text
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- Description: description of a discussion between Drummond and Alan McGee, boss of Creation Records
Drummond blasts McGee's party politics
By - (25 October, 1997, NME)
Bill Drummond has launched an attack on Creation boss Alan McGee for
getting to close to the Government.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday, October 10,
Drummond said: "I get very frightened of what's happening at the
moment. It seems that the Government, the political establishment, has
co-opted the arts to its bossom. But it is the job of the arts to
stand outside of that establishment. Right now it seems that there is
no creative opposition. As soon as you start becoming part of the PR
of the Government, it's a slippery slide. I'm not trying to make out
that it's some sort of Fascist state, but it's a dangerous area for
the arts to get into."
McGee had been talking about his role in the government think-tank on
the arts and about the initiative to set up training schemes in
practical areas such as contract law for people entering the music
"The music industry is a little enclave in itself that has never
sought or neede Government support," said McGee. "But with Government
backing, it could be so much juicier."
"It is the job of rock'n'roll to stay outside of any
government-supported schemes and not to be financially assisted or
helped," retored Drummond.
"The basic difference between me and Bill is that I don't actially see
myself as a rebel", said McGee.
Meanwhile, 2K are inviting the general public to have their say on
whether or not to "f--- the millennium". They've opened a phone vote
line where callers can place their yes or no votes. The number to call
is: 0890-909-2000. The band will then announce the results at 12pm
this Sunday (October 26).
An advert for the phone line reads, "Give the mandate of the people,
K2 Plant Hire Ltd will use all means necessary to f--- the
Asked what the band would do if the result was, "No. don't f--- the
millennium", 2K's spokesman replied: "They'll have to withdraw all
copies of the single or retire gracefully."
2K released their new single, "F--- The Millennium" on Monday.
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