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  •  Do you remember (4+ / 0-)

    when Paul Simon made Graceland? The controversy?

    from wiki

    Graceland features an eclectic mixture of musical styles including pop, a cappella, isicathamiya, rock, and mbaqanga. The album was strongly influenced by the earlier work of South African musicians Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu, and the Zulu-Western pop cross-over music realized in their band Juluka. Juluka was South Africa's first integrated pop band. Simon includes thanks to Johnny Clegg, Juluka and Juluka's producer Hilton Rosenthal in the "Special Thanks" citation included in Graceland's liner notes. Much of the album was recorded in South Africa, and it features many South African musicians and groups. Simon faced accusations by organisations such as Artists United Against Apartheid,[4] anti-apartheid musicians including Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Jerry Dammers[5] and the then Ghanaian Ambassador to the United Nations James Victor Gbeho[6] that he had broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa, which was in its final years at the time. Although supported by the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Committee, as the album showcased the talents of the black South African musicians while offering no support to the South African government, even the ANC protested the collaboration as a break in the cultural boycott.[4] However Simon also received praise for encouraging South African music from Hugh Masekela, one of South Africa's most prominent musicians and an exiled opponent of apartheid, who subsequently toured alongside Simon and Miriam Makeba.[5] The worldwide success of the album introduced some of the musicians, especially the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to global audiences of their own. The song Homeless was written jointly by Paul Simon and Joseph Tshabalala, the lead singer of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to a melody from a traditional Zulu wedding song.[7]
    Sometimes doing the "wrong thing" ends up being the right thing to do.

    And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 11:04:12 AM PST

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    •  I remember it vaguely (0+ / 0-)

      One key difference is that he made the record with Black South African groups and some of it based on music by Black South Africans

      If Elton had made a record with a Gay Russian group (or, at least a group that included GLBT Russians) that would be more analogous.

      As far as I know, Elton John did not make a record at all out of this, it was just a performance, and of his own music.

      There is also Elton John's history to consider: He seems willing to perform for anyone, regardless of their politics.

      He also could have said (but apparently didn't) that all the proceeds would go to some worthy cause.

      •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

        Who cares, the man said what needed to be said, let it go. Stop nit-picking it and making unfair comparisons, he isn't obligated to make a record with the Russian gay community just because he did it in Africa, you're coming off like one of those loud-mouths who just hates it when celebrities stand up for anything because politics are the forum of the unwashed masses and no one else, apparently.

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