Posted On: Monday - January 31st 2022 10:39AM MST
In Topics:   Music  US Police State  Kung Flu Stupidity
(I'll tell you first thing, the video is not very good. Perhaps it was hard to find like-minded people to make one. Additionally we are no longer in the music video heyday of the 1980's, as VJ'd by Martha Quinn.)
Peak Stupidity is not in the habit of keeping up with the modern music scene, such as it is or may be, even from musicians who have been in the music scene for 6 decades. Yeah, there are a lot of them that have been around that long now! However, we have nothing at all against the music of Eric Clapton, so I was surprised to do a search of this site and find only one, Crossroads from Eric and his band Cream. (I was almost positive that I'd embedded Blues Power before, one of my favorites.* We'll have to remedy this lack of music from Mr. Clapton.
To give a background on this great guitarist and White-man's blues** singer is just too much for me, and there is Wikipedia and the whole internet. Suffice it to say, after noting Eric Clapton was in the bands The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, The Bluesbreakers, Cream, something, something ... Derick and the Dominoes... Why do these bands sound familiar if you've been interested in all the big 1960s-70s rock stars? It's because it seems like that whole British artist crowd had been in some of these bands in some combination. "He was with Jeff Beck in ___, and Jimmy Page, and Steve Winwood, who broke up and formed ____ with Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart, and ...." It must have been a close-knit group of these blues-influenced British guys.
Because I don't keep up, it took my reading of a recent VDare article by Carl Horowitz*** to learn about about Eric Clapton's views on the Kung Flu PanidFest - "Is This A Sovereign Nation / Or Just A Police State?" Eric Clapton, COVID, And Immigration. That line is straight from Van Morrison's late-'20, anti-Totalitarianism song, as sung and played by Eric Clapton above.
It's really great to read of at least SOMEBODY over there having taken a stand, especially back in the first year of the PanicFest. It was perhaps 6 months behind my views on the matter, but good going, Eric Clapton (and Van Morrison, obviously too). Early on in Mr. Horowitz's article, I found myself not so enamored by the musician after reading that Mr. Clapton was only anti-vax for personal reasons, due to his having taken the vax..
The recent trouble began for the 76-year-old rocker after he received two AstraZeneca vaccinations. Unexpected—and frightening—symptoms ensued.That is not impressive to me. It's not being a man of principle - against Totalitarianism - to finally come out against mandated vaccines only when it becomes personally injurious. I don't have any problem with his having taken the vaccine. He may have felt pretty vulnerable at his age and whatever condition. He may have felt very comfortable taking experimental or non-experimental drugs, heha.... (After all, if you were in the Yardbirds, or Cream, or the Bluesbreakers ... and friends with Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page ....)
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one,” Clapton wrote:About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.The experience caused him to rethink whether immunization is necessary and whether mandated vaccines and “social distancing” are worth the loss of liberty. In solidarity with musicians who couldn’t find live gigs, he now won’t perform at venues that require proof of vaccination.
[Eric Clapton’s Anti-Vaccine Diatribe Blames ‘Propaganda’ for ‘Disastrous’ Experience, by Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, May 16, 2021]
Eric Clapton took a stance against the vaccine only after the vaccine almost took HIM out. However, I did read more about Mr. Clapton's efforts against the rest of the PanicFest, and there's the song above. That part is admirable. He knows he has the rest of the entertainment and Infotainment "industry" against him, so I applaud his courage, or at least his not being another useful idiot. It's good to have someone "influential" in some way on our side on this.
I put "influential" in quotes to make a point. I don't think a rock artist, musician of any sort, artist of any sort, actors and actresses, or any of these entertainers have any special insight into political matters that would make it worth listening to him when he spouts out his political views. It’s understandable if you’ve already paid good money for the show. That’s when the whole “shut up and sing!” advice is warranted.
I really couldn’t care less what any musician, artist, or actor/actress does in his personal life either****. That is, not any more than I would about any other random interesting character. This explains why I’ve never bought a People Magazine copy or written about these people on Peak Stupidity. That's why I didn't even know about this anti-PanicFest song from over a year ago.
Still, as for the music, back when Eric Clapton got big, Bob Dylan was playing in, and playing, an influential part of a big movement. Movements against Totalitarianism could use some good music too... or we could recycle the old stuff ... leading to a Canadian Trucker post?
Finally, if you read Carl Horowitz's article, you'll see that there's a whole 'nother story mixed in, about Eric Clapton's anti-immigration (anti-destruction-of-Great-Britain, I should say) views that he voiced during a concert in 1976. That is more in VDare's wheelhouse, hence the appearance of the article there. I will write about that political stance from Eric Clapton in another post shortly.
When it comes to my views on Eric Clapton, well, it's about the music. Here is my favorite, a live version of a song from his 1970 self-titled album. Ain't no need to be a wallflower, cause now I'm livin' on blues power! Really, this is more straight-up Rock & Roll with his great leads. If not "Blues power", the movements which we must form to fight "the man" this time really ought to have some music power behind them. I don't know how you can beat THIS though.
* Then, it's impossible to search much here, at least with any ease, and even with my check in the dBase, it's still possible I just embedded it with no reference and not much writing, as I used to do.
** I have hereby reminded myself to write a post I thought about a year ago about blues music. It'll be coming.
*** He's a very infrequent contributor to VDare, having only 13 articles on the site in 20 years, but I do remember this one from last year, with its great title too: Marx Got It Right: Mass Immigration Wrecks Wages. Why Won’t America’s Resurgent Communists Admit It?.
**** I do have a big amount of sympathy for Eric Clapton regarding the tragic accidental death of his young son. That must have been devastating, and it did make his song Tears n Heaven very moving for me, once I learned what it was about.