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Madge For It

Stuart Bailie | 11:44 UK time, Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Stuart Bailie.jpgI have this terrible vision of Madonna at Wembley on July 7, singing ‘Ray Of Light’, wearing a white trouser suit and gazing compassionately to the heavens. She’s the big draw at Live Earth, the music industry’s conscientious bid to save us all from global warming. Her concert ends with a massed choir, bellowing out ‘Like A Prayer’ as Maddy holds her finely manicured hands aloft. James Blunt and Phil Collins are shaking their tambourines and Al Gore wipes away an oceanic tear.

I wish I had the generosity in my heart to think otherwise. Maybe it really will make a difference as this musical cavalcade rolls across seven continents, getting the urgent message out there. But like many others, I’ve seen too much hokum and vanity in the entertainments business, often dressed up as piety. My feeling is that music works best when it comes from a counter-culture and not from the mainstream, with all the compromises that comes from the latter.

Wouldn’t it be better to have a special day of contemplation and locally organised events – projects that didn’t involve air fares, generators, lighting rigs and massive amplification? Or would that get in the way of a fat spectacle?

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  • At 11:03 AM on 13 Apr 2007,
  • Bob wrote:

How much energy does it take to run these massive conservation concerts?

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