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"All this over a pin?

Everyone always wants to jump to conclusions.

Morrissey has never been affiliated with any political party in the past. Morrissey has never voted in his life, and is not a member of any political party.

Morrissey opposes racism, hatred and press censorship. Morrissey believes in free speech and free expression and opposes totalitarian regimes. Morrissey has only ever met two political figures - Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair.

Morrissey currently wears lapel pins of James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Aretha Franklin, Oscar Wilde.

Morrissey is quite used to smear campaigns from the UK press. It is nothing new for us.

Thanks to the fans the CS record is currently # 2 at HMV today. And thanks to Merseyrail for all the extra press today!

A great holiday weekend to all. - PK."


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Banning Morrissey Only Makes Him Stronger - The Federalist
The world's oldest record store has banned Morrissey's albums. But the legendary lyricist and singer just keeps thrilling his fans.
MAY 24, 2019 By David Marcus
A mostly positive review in RS, by Kory Grow:

Morrissey’s Covers LP ‘California Son’ Shows Off His Golden Voice, Perplexing Politics (3.5 / 5 stars) - Rolling Stone
‘California Son’ features songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie. But what is Moz trying to say?


“Suffer the Little Children,” a quivering, stuttering Buffy Sainte-Marie folk ballad, now sounds like a grand, Broadway number with hand claps and swaggering brass that comes off all the more over-the-top when Moz sings, “The Devil keeps his nails clean/Well, did you think he was a boogieman?” And his rendition of Roy Orbison’s challenging “It’s Over” is masterful, as he’s a rare rock singer his age who has such a range (and it should be noted that Moz is now eight years older than Orbison was at the time of his death.)
Because This Is How I Am. - Morrissey Central
May 24, 2019


"in early old age could I please express very sincere thanks to BBC Radio 2 for their broad-shouldered support given to "California Son", "Wedding Bell Blues" and "It's Over". Whatever the future brings, I will always remember Radio 2's steady support during these rocky weeks - especially from Jo Whiley.

I am sorry the UK print media's contorted interpretation of who and what I am has gone all wrong. In these days when most people are afraid to even whisper, the print media write as if someone is coming to get them. This aching nervousness brings on the vengeful and paranoid. Inventing Britain's doomsday is the preoccupation of the tabloids, and they can hate you for having lived.

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope. The...
Bobby Gillespie interview: 'Rock is like Latin, a dying language – it has nothing more to say' - The Telegraph (paywall)

Posted by Lost and found:

Quote: “Morrissey’s not a racist, he’s a very intelligent lad, so challenge his opinions, fair enough, rather than saying we’re gonna ban you. You should be allowed your point of view. Other people can say they disagree with you. That’s a civilised and intelligent and grown up way of having a debate. If you don’t wanna know, you don’t learn anything.”
Despite not being sent a copy to review, the Guardian has - of course! - reviewed the album anyway.

Morrissey: California Son review – clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit (1 of 5 stars) - The Guardian

In the words of Laura Snapes: "it is impossible to hear a number of the covers on California Son in anything but a chilling light."

And they're rather proud of this 1-star review, also mentioning it in their report of the Liverpool posters incident:

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Review of the album in Variety that actually engages intelligently and articulately with the challenges of listening to Morrissey at this point in time.

Album Review: Morrissey’s ‘California Son’ - Variety
The quintessentially curmudgeonly British crooner and lyricist finds the crabbiness in other artists’ songs.
By A.D. Amorosi


What, then, with his new “California Son” album, could the king of Generation Whine bring to its covers of rare protest songs and gender-switching relationship kitsch from the 1960s and ’70s? Especially considering how much of a mess he’s made of the last several years of record label snafus, bland albums, health problems, gig cancellations and extremist right-wing pin-wearing?

Why, guts, guile and barely controllable emotion. Morrissey hasn’t sounded this passionately committed to song — any song — since 2004’s “You Are the Quarry.”
ALBUM REVIEW: Morrissey shines on ‘California Son’ despite himself - RIFF Magazine
By David Gill

"For fans willing to look past Morrissey’s political incorrectness, California Son is more evidence that the singer’s talent shows no sign of waning."