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  1. Yeh, Metallica and Kanye West headlining Glastonbury had similarly negative reactions too!
  2. Yeh, agree. A positive way of looking at it is that it's a street person's song standing up to all those who threaten them. If he could have been a more politically correct it could have been a street people's underdog survival anthem; a voice for those who face being beaten and raped every night, and often have to sell themselves to survive. Axl and Guns should have been the 'heroic victims' but they allowed 'mainstream' to turn them into the wrongdoers, and put them on the defensive, denying street people a voice, and letting extreme capitalism off the hook: although in their (Axl, Izzy and Duff) cases it was their choice to move to LA and live that way.
  3. Just discussing One in a Million on another thread reminded me of reading about Lars Von Trier causing controversy again at the Cannes film festival with a serial killer film starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5741195/Lars-Von-Triers-House-Jack-Built-gratuitously-nasty-offensive.html. I guess he's got a similar attitude to Guns in the 1980s, thinking the only 'art' worth making is one that provokes a reaction. However, now there's so much real horror online, that it's probably not as justifiable? I guess Von Trier thinks it's important to show that side of humanity, to warn people; but the risk is that it may inspire copycats too?
  4. Yeh, agreed, Guns probably didn't expect to get as big as they did; with Sweet Child bringing them and songs like Million to 'mainstream' attention, with justifiably concerned parents wondering who this band corrupting their kids was; and didn't survive as such a band for long!
  5. As I remember it there wasn't that much 'gained' from the song, although they did court controversy, as many bands had since the '60s, including Stones (Baudelaire, Satanism etc) and Beatles: Lennon's song titled Women are the N_ of the World for example. I think Lennon was obviously using that word for feminist reasons: to highlight how they've usually got it worse than 'non-white' people, and especially in most of the 'non-white' world. I think Axl used it as black people use it, to criticise those who aren't good people on the street; same as F_ was used to criticise those gay people who solicit street people. It was a song from the street, and as Axl and Guns were not trying to portray themselves as nice people, they probably thought they could criticise other demographics. Some members of those other demographics seem to think it's okay to criticise white people or straight people a lot, but don't think their demographics can be criticised. Million is crass and crude, but it was a badass rock n' roll song, and of course looks WRONG when analysed within politically correct mainstream society; which is much more so than it was in the 1980s. Most of punk and rap would be too if analysed that way, as well as people like The Doors, Marilyn Manson and even Pink Floyd (anti-education etc). Then there's the writers and poets, like the Beats (Howl etc), Bukowski, Thompson and Tom Wolfe, who just passed away this week.
  6. I think you're right about everybody being prejudiced in some way, and that's why with Axl it comes down to personality rather than prejudice, although it may look like prejudice to individuals. Most of the time when I hear about people talking about racism or something I think I've experienced that too, from the same kind of people, and I'm the 'same as them'. I used to put 'prejudice' at university down to classism or ageism, but then I heard 'normal' students having the same problems; some of whom had committed suicide! I agree about releasing it being strange. Either Axl thought he was 'street' enough to say those things; he thought it was an essential part of his story (in contrast, but also an essential part of his arriving in L.A. story, he told the story on stage about the 'old black man' who said 'you're going to die', immortalised in the Jungle intro, with obvious fondness), or he wrote it and thought it was a good tune and didn't want to change it, as he was obviously quite demanding and possessive of his songs/art, according to the others, and the way he acted on stage if interrupted.
  7. Thanks. I don't think Axl had a 'problem with immigrants', judging by his 'natural relationship' with Slash. He seemed to have a more 'natural problem' with Stevie Adler from their autobiographies; looking down on him and physically attacking him. Adler is from Jewish descent, but looks like the archetypal California kid, and ironically Jewish people weren't one of the demographics criticised in Million! I think he just thought he could write songs from what he thought, or had thought at some time when on the streets feeling he was getting hassled, and thought about again when wanting to write a song; and saw other people doing in punk or rap.
  8. Thanks, I hadn't seen it, and will look it up. On your last point, I agree that it was probably because Axl was young and it was his first big trip away from home. There are bad people amongst the groups he mentioned, but also good, as there are amongst all demographics.
  9. Yeh, totally. I watched Rich Hall's California Stars again this week, and he was saying similar about Merle Haggard providing an I-am-what-I-am identity for the Okies/Country-folk in the hippy era, about 1 hour 13 mins in the documentary.
  10. I agree, as somebody who'd already decided to travel after a troubled youth, inspired by Beats like Kerouac, I really liked the youthful hobo travel narrative, and wish it had been written more politically correctly. On the road you can feel like you're alone and everyone's against you sometimes, and I think that's what Axl was trying to capture. They were partly inspired by punk, which was often intentionally as offensive as possible, with Nazi names and symbols etc; while rap uses the n-word and is sexist and homophobic. Reading Slash's autobiography I found him very sexist and perhaps homophobic, but haven't really heard him criticised for it. Axl was wearing a Manson t-shirt then, which is even worse really, as people were killed. I watched a Genderquake debate this week, and legendary feminist Germaine Greer was being castigated for not being trans enough by some young militant trans people, so I think that shows how there'll always be people criticising 'free speech'; in the next generation if not the current. In twenty years there'll probably be cyborgs criticising whole humans for not caring enough about robots and cyborgs, and Blade Runner will be considered archaic and robotish or something!
  11. Funnily enough I'm listening to II-Blue now. I got them on LPs back in the day, and Appetite's first side had been my favourite LP side, but II-Blue first side took over when it came out. While I loved or liked all of Appetite, I loved all of Civil War, Yesterdays, 14 Years and Knocking.
  12. Yes, can't blame them. I wouldn't want to lose a nice place to live after getting used to it, and being somewhat middle-age. I've never had such luxury, so after all these decades, I've still succeeded in having - freedom's just another word for - nothing much to lose! (Axl's rock n' roll aunt, Janis Joplin).
  13. Salah a Footballing Slash?

    a mangled scooter
  14. Salah a Footballing Slash?

    Liverpool's Egyptian striker Salah has been one of the player's of this soccer season, and seeing Slash today on here, after following soccer more recently, I noticed a slight similarity. Moreover, their names are quite similar, beginning in S, ending in h, and with an a and l in their second and third letters, but the wrong way around!
  15. Here's my most recent poem for those disappointed there's no new Guns songs lyrics in the Destruction announcement today, written in the Folding Mirror form I created, to show two sides of an issue, as Guns were champions of back in the day!: As Humanity peels, sleep Homage Appeals limpets and leeches attaching to me quicksand beaches eating me up clouds hiding sunlight shadowing me ivory towers height knocking me down dream thieves without care, also steal the nightmare cleared me out improving night vision tunnel end vivid paradise eden angels smiling down another existence I write freely not knowing significance https://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/