Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bono: Silencing the Truth


Looks like the rabbit-hole of Bono's manipulation never ends. A recent email sent out by Dave Marsh and the folks at Rock & Rap Confidential reports that an Irish writer, Sean O'Nuallain, has been essentially "banned" from Wikipedia for attempting to add in truthful facts on U2's info page.

In particular was pointing out that U2's rise to fame was greatly aided by their management's willingness to silence other Irish acts. Their front label, Mother Records, has for several years (despite supposedly having shut down in 2000) signed countless Irish independent artists and then simply warehoused them, refusing to distribute these acts and tying them into contracts they can't get out of. It's a time-tested tactic in the music industry: silence artists that threaten your biggest money-makers.

An email sent out just today from RRC puts the silencing of O'Nuallain in context. Elevation Partners, a venture capital firm principally owned by Bono, has already donated close to a million dollars to Wikipedia. Of course, the singer has always been intensely dodgy about being confronted on the content of his Kipling-esque ONE campaign. Now it seems he can't even be bothered to answer questions of how exactly he got to where he is in the first place. It would appear, if these reports are true, that he got there the exact same way the rest of the one percent did: lie, cheat, steal.

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1 comment:

Administrator said...

Thanks for paying attention to this.
I need to amplify one point; in 2000 we successfully sued a U2 company called "Record services Ltd" - as I make clear on Dave Marsh's website - for ripping us off in their "distribution" of our award-nominated CD "House of the Dolphins". Our understanding from other musicians is that they had a similar experience with RSL in that they were offered a honey distribution deal, but U2 never paid them a cent.

It is interesting that RSL was struck off the companies register in 1999 for failure to submit accounts, but was allowed by the Irish state to trade at least until 2005. In 2006, we handed over critical documents to the head of Irish corporate enforcement, Paul Appleby - having had a correspondence with his dept and its forerunner since 2000 in which copies of these docs were given to them - and he did NADA

My view is that it is time that Americans considered boycotting U2

Btw, we're still getting a lot of national airplay in Ireland despite our clearly limited budget for videos like this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BDjHo-WX6c

Happy holidays, and all the best for 2012 - Sean O Nuallain