Nick Cave recently spoke out about his gigs planned for Tel-Aviv, Israel and the reaction of Roger Waters, Brian Eno and others in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, to anybody who would want to play in the state, accusing Waters and Co. of “censoring musicians”
He noted that musicians performing there all “have to go through a sort of public humiliation from Roger Waters and co.” He referred to the concert as “a principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians.”
Now, in a press statement Roger Waters, Brian Eno and others in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement have responded to Cave’s comments.
Waters writes: “Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s so is Beethoven’s, this isn’t about music, it’s about human rights.” He continues, “We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference.”
Eno comments, “It’s nothing to do with ‘silencing’ artists—a charge I find rather grating when used in a context where a few million people are permanently and grotesquely silenced.”
With such enigmatic drivers to this almost unsolvable and far-reaching issue, we expect this one to rumble on for a while. Watch this space.