Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Nazi Music

So Bryan Ferry's caused a bit of stink for his comments praising Nazi iconography. In an interview with the German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Ferry said:

"My God, the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves. I'm talking about Leni Riefenstahl's movies and Albert Speer's buildings and the mass parades and the flags - just amazing. Really beautiful."

I don't know what to make of it. Yes, what he describes stood for something unspeakably evil, but does that take away from the visceral impact that Ferry describes? It may reflect in some small way how ordinary Germans felt at the time, how some were swept up in the cult as the Nazis rose to power.

Ferry immediately apologised saying:

"I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective.
"I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent."

Reasonable? I won't be calling for M&S to swing the axe.


At 11:58 pm , Anonymous a. nonymous said...

If he'd said "hmmm...ethnic cleansing, gassing of the Jews, Auschwitz... Enduring image isn't it. Hmmm..." I could see where the outrage might be. But he didn't. Bit of an overreaction there IMHO.

At 12:32 am , Anonymous Paul Sturrock said...

It's perhaps his use of the word beautiful that is off putting. His comments may cause slight offensive but aren't as offensive as his new album of Bob Dylan covers...

At 10:52 pm , Blogger Finnieston Crane said...

Mr Sturrock, where have you been? Time we filmed that polemic, isn't it?


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