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Billy Idol is who kept me awake on my wee hours commutes upstate when I still worked in the city. I'm not especially partial to Rebel Yell but I love me some tracks off the 1988 Vital Idol! albums - White Wedding (Shotgun Mix), Mony Mony (Downtown mix) and Hot in the City (Exterminator mix).
And no it never occurred to me to wonder about the guy's politics. I can compartmentalize like crazy when it comes to music I happen to like. Certainly the politics (never mind assorted other attributes) of some composers of the waaaaay pre-rock'n'roll era were not all that palatable either. So the purists among liberal lefties can come and pry my Billy Idol CDs outta my cold dead rack system some day.
Trump campaign shoulda grabbed some crowd scenes off that video you posted... clips from that would have looked even better than the Cavs' victory parade that some of his fans tried to pass off to Breitbart as the crowd that had turned up to his Jacksonville rally back in the day.
And here, I must confess that this particular dilemma (it brings to mind the old Yeats line - how can we separate the dancer from the dance?) is not unknown to me.
I fixed a missing "not" in my post that you quoted... must time for more java...
Yah I have been having my moments learning to separate the James Levine who was fired by the Metropolitan Opera back in 2018 from the one who conducts music I love in some of my music library.
Mapping and navigating that moral maze brought about by such compromises (for the artist) was brilliantly covered in István Szabó's stunning movie "Mefisto", which I recall watching spell-bound, in my student days, and then discussing (earnestly and excitedly) with friends subsequently.
Agree completely.It can be, and sometimes should be, very difficult to sort through. For myself a lot of time has to pass before I can reconcile myself to some of the "me too" situations involving unwanted sexual contact by celebrities who had managed to skate for a long time because of their power differentials. Since the revelations, entertainment of various sorts - music, movies, interviews etc. have gone into hibernation in my libraries.
No one is perfect. That doesn't quite cut it for me when it comes to repeated offenses by self-serving abusers of power.