Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wakey Wakey: Creativity is Power

Britain's (possibly the World's) greatest band, 65daysofstatic, announce that they're pulling out of a festival due to BAE Systems (general purveyors of Things That Kill) last-minute sponsorship of the festival. The release linked to above is well worth reading (it's not very long), but here's a quote...
As a band, like anyone else, we have to make compromises and face possible charges of hypocrisy at every turn. But you have to draw the line somewhere. And if we’re not willing or able to draw it with BAE Systems the other side then, basically, we shouldn’t be trusted.

As tweeted recently, something has changed. I feel better, more... optimistic. Caught up between collective events and some motivational music, it's starting to feel like something can be done amidst all the crap we put up with*.

There's been more talk recently (to fill the withering headlines) of giving local people "more say". But I'm starting to realise that "more do" has value. And if you have value, you start to have power, which (as 65daysofstatic show) can be associated with, or - more importantly? - distanced from certain parties, certain philosophies. Maybe this is where change comes from.

Or to sum up: Be creative, be good at it, and choose your contacts wisely.

* OK, there are worse things than late trains. But not many.


JD said...

Glad to see 65dos taking a stand. They're playing London on the 24th or 26th of April if you're interested.

You might want to check out a band called Maybeshewill as well.

James Burt said...

Thanks for posting that - it's great to see some good news. After Iggy Pop selling out I'm overjoyed to to see a band with a conscience.