Tuesday, 23 December 2014

2014 HEROES AND ZEROS OF THE YEAR



My column on past year’s heroes and zeros originally ran in the January 2015 issue of Fugues magazine.


Here is my 19th annual column of the past year’s heroes and zeros. 


Hero Pope Francis, for encouraging a Synod draft to state “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community.” 

Zero The Vatican and Pope Francis, for backtracking on the Synod’s “Homosexuals has gifts” statement after coming under furious assault from conservative Catholics. 

Zero Luca Magnotta. Enough said. 

Zero The organizers of Ottawa’s Capital Pride, who ran that city’s Pride festival into the ground with an $106,000 deficit in 2014. 

Hero Toronto, for hosting the world at their kick-ass World Pride 2014 festival. 

Heroes Brewers Guinness, Heinekin and the Boston Beer Co. (maker of Sam Adams beer), for pulling out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades because both parades refuse to allow LGBT marchers. 

Zero Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who finally died. Good riddance.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

JOAN JETT AMONG 2015 ROCK HALL INDUCTEES

Jett's white Melody Maker guitar has been covered with various stickers over the years, including "Gender Fucker" and the black and blue Leather Pride flag


She may sing otherwise, but the truth is Joan Jett does give a damn about her reputation. That’s why we know so little about her, and so much.

She cemented her legend status with her 2006 comeback studio album Sinner on the Vans Warped tour when fans and critics alike re-evaluated Jett’s hugely important place in rock’n'roll.

"It’s very humbling that anybody will accept you at all," Jett told me at the time. "It’s overwhelming. I tend to deflect it because I don’t know how to deal with it."

This week Jett was among those announced in the 2015 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I'm flabbergasted," Jett told Rolling Stone. "It can be really hard sometimes to assess myself. I'm living it and it's hard to step back and see the larger picture in terms of what the music industry thinks of me."