"14 September ~ An inquiry from Morrissey’s agent wondering if I would like to take part in the video for his new album. ‘The basic premise of the video is that M. is stricken ill in bed and receives a handful of visitors who seek to administer in some way. Mr Bennett would be among these visitors.’ No fee is mentioned, but a part of me would like to do it even if it risks my making a fool of myself. Though videos being what they are I imagine it would be an almost subliminal appearance. I would also like to know who the other visitors are. I suspect this is one of those occasion when acceptance or refusal would be equally mistaken. I ask for more details, mindful at moments like this of how careful Alec Guinness was to stage-manage his life in later years, thus, I’m sure, turning down all sorts of offers – readings, voiceovers, guest appearances – whereas Gielgud took work almost on the cab rank principle, doing whatever came along. It’s true he did a lot of rubbish in consequence but some good things, too – and above all kept busy."
~ from The Alan Bennett Bumper Fun Annual, as published by the "London Review of Books".
Joey Barton's 2017 diary to follow in a fortnight...
- "Spent The Day In Bed" official video; London, LA pop-up shops; UK and Europe dates TBA - NME - Oct. 17, 2017
- Joey Barton to appear in new Morrissey video - Prolific North - Sep. 25, 2017