Fiona Dodwell: “Truth-Tellers Silenced” (December 29, 2023)

Another day, another Fiona piece…

Some nice new photos by Ryan Lowry included:

Second photo from Fiona Dodwell tweet (link posted by Famous when dead):

UPDATE Dec. 31:

Slightly different color version posted by Juan / Instagram. Link posted by Famous when dead (original post):

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Why artists like Morrissey are suppressed and censored…

It seems somehow fitting, that in our world, we are becoming more and more deprived of true honesty, integrity and originality in art. There is a deliberate suppression of those who have something real to say. We see it time and time again. What are publishing houses trying to hide? What are music labels so afraid of? What do they not want us to hear? No longer are our artists invested in because of the quality of their output. Never have the press supported talent — indeed, one is more likely to be a darling of the media if compliant, comfortable and obedient. Talent, then, appears to be low on the radar and an inconsequential trait. If you say the right thing and pose the right way, you’ll be fine. If you cross that line, if you say things that are uncomfortable to hear, you’ll be punished. And what is left, then, for the artist, amongst the debris of these attacks on their personality, and suppression by an industry that should be rallying behind them?

Artists are, perhaps, the last amongst us who have a voice that can touch upon truth and reach millions of people through the medium of music. Music has been a catalyst for so much change, and at times, has been a loaded bullet aimed at society and those in power. Music shakes things up. It wakes us up from our comfortable slumber and makes us think. It inspires us, moves us, changes us. It’s a powerful tool in the right hands.

When discussing such issues, it is impossible not to think of an artist like Morrissey. He serves -sadly- as a symbol of these things. There is a sad inevitability to the suppression he has faced. His journey has never been an easy one and his fans know this. When you dare to say it how it is, when you refuse to filter your thoughts, when your creativity serves as an outlet that often challenges the status quo rather than placates, you will always be seen as a threat. Morrissey, after four decades of writing music, with over 13 million albums sold and endless sold-out world tours, faces being discarded from the very industry that should be celebrating, honouring and promoting him. His current lack of label support is a repellent act and only serves to make the world of music a stagnant and dull place.

There is no fairness in such a predicament, for artist or his audience. We must cling to those who swim against the tide, for once we lose them and their voice, we lose it all. The game will be over. There will be no room for true freedom and challenges to what we are being told. Society will become number and dumber…perhaps this is what those in power want? Surely there is no easier way to create an obedient society than to shun those with something intelligent to say. Heaven forbid we are allowed to think.

We all cling to hope, though. As we have seen, Morrissey’s music continues to touch lives everyday. There is a reason he has become the legend he has, and there is a reason why, despite the trials he has faced, he will remain loved. Always. True art lives on, and it transforms everything. True art will never be destroyed. This in itself will provide us, eternally, with hope.

One inescapable and final truth: any artists of the future who have something real to say, will only have a voice to do so because of trailblazers who have fought and paved the way

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Naturally in this Fiona's stink piece there is no indication whatsoever as to what truth Morrissay has been trying to say that has got him silenced. He's just an aging artist in artistical decline and prone for saying ill-considered things. The world doesn't owe him a record contract.
I wouldn't call Morrissey a 'truth teller'. This is the guy who lied about 'Bonfire' being held hostage by his label, when it was his own damn fault it wasn't released in the first place.
I'm a massive Moz fan and want the best for him, but this article is absolute bollocks. Apologist, fawning, cliched nonsense. Do you think other great artists like Nick Cave, Banksy, in another medium, are 'silenced' because of their controversial or ant-establishment messages? No. This is just the blame game for his own failings I'm afraid. Is it easier to write about conspiracy theories or make the man face up to his own shortcomings? The former, it seems.
Well, I'm a bit puzzled by the article's vagueness, to say the least...I'm not exactly sure what the author is addressing, if this is meant to be more than just a general appears somewhat cliché or cookie-cutter in nature.
Those are great pictures, again.

The band definitely seems to be staying around for a longer period of time.

Don’t know if these pictures are an indication of that, but it would be nice.

It seems M may have interest in using these photos for something, that he bothered in the first place to even doing them.
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