Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, rock legend Morrissey gave his thoughts on freedom of speech, Islam, Halal meat and many other controversial and highly-suppressed topics, encouraging his fans not to be afraid of being called ‘racist’ for speaking out.
In a climate of increasing political censorship and de-platforming, it is incredibly risky for any musician to defend freedom of speech, and even more risky to criticise Islam and the media. But in this exclusive interview with Kipper Central, former Smiths frontman Morrissey has done just that. You can read the full, uncensored interview below:...
The Interview. - Morrissey Central
June 24, 2019
A LARKS’ TONGUE IN APRIL.
conversation with Morrissey,
April 2019, by Sam Esty Rayner.
*we apologize for the delay in printing this interview.
You cancelled 6 shows in Italy because of the incident. People are beginning to think your middle name is Cancellation.
I know. But, as far as I can see, many bands cancel and nothing is ever said about it. The song and dance made about my cancellations is usually from people who wouldn’t go to the concert in the first place.
But you will play the Canada dates?
Is your hand bad? Obviously it’s covered.
The stitches are out now but if I had shaken anyone’s hand last week blood would have spurted. That’s not a nice greeting.
I don’t think anyone ever believes that you’re ill, or that you fell, or whatever.
In recent years, Morrissey declared himself against massive migrations to Europe, questioned part of the #MeToo (which caused Daniel Grinbank to desist from producing his show in Argentina) and expressed his support to Anne Marie Waters, leader of For Britain, a right-wing party of the United Kingdom designated as anti-Islam. His interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, published in December of last year, contained so many controversial textbooks that Morrissey decided to suspend the conversations with written media, with which he only speaks by email (in this way this note was made). Probably he did not change, but the context...
You usually compose with others (just as you did during The Smith): how do these creative couples work?
-I do not consider myself a "musician" in a strict sense, so I like the idea of adding to the music with which my collaborator has been working. The vocal melody usually changes the musical direction of the song, that's true. But it's fine and I also know my place in the collaboration.
-If there are cases in which you only write the lyrics, is it the one that comes first or only arises after the melody?
-The lyrics are always in advance, but the "patch" to the music. It is a craft and at the same time requires effort. It's not easy, but I enjoy it. Because, as I once said, the lyrics should be written as if everyone was listening to you ...
Full article via translate - so possibly not verbatim:
(Photo: Jim Dyson / Article: Itaici Brunetti).
Of course, Morrissey is one of the most interesting and curious figures in music. Not only for its importance in having written some of the most beautiful songs ahead of the historical The Smiths and later with its consolidated solo career, but because it is controversial. In interviews, he talks about what he thinks without fear of repression, whether it be the press or the fans.
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It doesn't read that well with translate, but this is what emerges:
"More on account of his own language than his heart, Steven Patrick Morrissey has become a subject of another time. Just like a veteran of a war that ended - or was. As a leader and lyricist for The Smiths, a...