Friday, December 16, 2011
BDS Update: Rock Against Apartheid
One might be forgiven for being a little perplexed by someone like Joe Lynn Turner jumping onto the international call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel. The list of artists he's recorded with is long and impressive (over 60 albums), but it doesn't exactly scream "political." Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen... you get the point. I mean come on, look at that picture!
If someone like Turner is cancelling his shows in Tel Aviv, then it once again speaks to how deep this campaign is reaching. Tonight would have been the date of Turner's gig at the Reading Club. And yet, according to the Refrain Playing Israel website, Turner cancelled last-minute. Turner has yet to release a public statement, but given the last-minute nature of his pull-out, Reading Club will be losing a lot of money, and that does indeed send a message.
Far harder to accomplish will be the campaign to get the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel their show in September. Next year will most surely be a full one for proponents of BDS!
No, I don't have anything to say about the death of Christopher Hitchens.
Update: I've changed my mind. Yes, I do have something to say about him. The media chorus is nauseating, and deserves to be punctured. Look for an article next week.