Jarbol Boris is in the song “Revolution“Sang: It’s nice to shout, anger is your energy. Of course, he winked there John Lydon who had previously ordered “Anger is an energy“. We are entering a new calendar year, it is the right time to make new decisions. Maybe we will adhere to some?
I encourage you to treat reality as a field of experimentation. For example, you are free to assume that everything that is dominant in society is rotten, corrupt, meaningless and stupid. It is almost a general place, but also a convenient starting point. We see it every time we go outside or turn on the TV. However, behind that state there is a system that, as social scientists say, reproduces it. There are rules for how to do this, do that, we are not this, we must do that. Well, you don’t have to! See the mechanisms of the system. Its rules only keep the dilapidated building from collapsing. And we all, by agreeing to this deception, agree to maintain it.
Scientist and director Irena Ristic in his book “Small door“Who says that our imagination is corrupt, that even that field is occupied and conquered, and referring to the anthropologist David Graeber, writes how all people who are oppressed or in a subordinate position develop understanding for their oppressors. However, this is not going in the opposite direction. Oppressors, in fact, never question their privileges. The powerful are naturally insensitive.
Vitold Gombrovič, a Polish writer and almost a Nobel laureate, fought against what he called form. This is when people accept to enter into patterns of behavior and opinions. As soon as we notice the form, we run away from it, because it will devour us and make us something that Gombrovich called ridiculous. And that’s right, just look at the people who are guests on TV. Funny parade. Break through those people who have grabbed the form, drawn a picture of themselves and act in accordance with it.
The authors of rock music and those who care about that music are sensitive people. As such, they by the nature of things develop a broader view of things. As authors of rock music have not been mainstream for decades, their position is similar to that of those at the bottom of the social ladder. When that is already the case, there is no reason not to tear everything to pieces and attack the rule of form and thrash. Because, in the world of popularity, everything is trash. Any attempt to reproduce a dominant style or an attempt to climb the ladder of success without touching the system is thrash by definition. Trash is when it’s funny to please the saint, trash is when it’s imitated and “sounds worldly”, trash is when the video is expensive, and the song is bad, trash is when you take yourself seriously. Trash is when you have thousands of views on social networks, and you haven’t played ten concerts. Trash is all that form has won.
This year, I encourage rock authors to start creating a culture instead of strategies to get tortured listeners to follow them on social media in as many numbers as possible. That’s right, for a start, your personal, small culture that works and makes sense. The one in which there is a moral compass and a departure from stupidity. A culture that addresses your friends. And let that culture say freely – it’s all bullshit. That is not true at all.
If it’s all bullshit, then what’s not bullshit? A lot of that. It’s not bullshit when you sing about what you noticed on the street, it’s not when you write a song about your friends. Even less if you describe how you feel. It doesn’t suck if you come up with some sound of your own that is different from anything known, it’s actually fantastic! It’s not bullshit even if you don’t know how to play, and yet you record a song because you have a strong need to do it. It never sucks if you let it be known that you are there, that you bounce on people like a pinball ball, so you notice and testify about how you live and what happens. And anger is a good friend of ours. If the oppressors will not be able to have mercy on us, there is no reason not to inform them that we will not care about them and that they can expect similar treatment from us.
Everything written above is valid, except when you are completely in love. If you are in love, then write the most beautiful love song in the world and that is enough. You don’t need it anymore.
Masts – Revolution
Public Image Ltd – Rise
Irena Ristic – Small door
Vitold Gombrovič – Testament
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