Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Heroes and villains

The Guardian's Michael Hann may have enjoyed playing devil's advocate in publishing a piece in praise of Mike Love (and other business-savvy musicians) a couple of years ago, but it was telling that, according to Pitchfork's Stacey Anderson, Love couldn't make himself "convincingly tolerable as a human being" even in his own memoir. The fact that he's now happily sullying the Beach Boys' name by performing at a trophy-hunting convention at which Donald Trump Jr is the keynote speaker underlines what he's like. Former bandmates Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have expressed their disgust and urged fans to sign a petition, but are powerless to prevent Love from going ahead with the concert.

If Love's in search of an ally within the world of music, then he need look no further than Kid Rock. The redneck rapper has been quite open about his fondness for shooting defenceless animals in the company of Trump Jr, claiming somewhat improbably that it was a fitting tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

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