Saturday, April 19, 2008

Names and shades

Whilst sorting through a pile of old VHS tapes, I came across a rockumentary called The Story of Rock and Roll, produced by the Nine Network and screened in November 1995.

The opening credits announced the appearance of a Pete Towshend...

Among the luminaries interviewed for the production was a certain Al Kopper...

Mr Kopper bore a striking resemblance to a later interviewee, Al Kooper...

Kooper was one of several rock-legends who evidently require dark glasses when being interviewed indoors, including Eric Burdon...

... and Eddie Van Halen...

... and Barnsey...

Bono, in contrast to his more recent custom, was interviewed sans shades — perhaps because he was outdoors in broad daylight...

A more recent indoors pic shows how Bono has matured as a human being ...

On Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope in 2006, Bono explained his dark-glasses fetish thus:

BONO: I mean, I’ve got a — there’s many reasons for the glasses — posing, I’m sure, right up there, privacy, and I do like having one step of a remove, actually. I don’t think I have — I don’t think when I’m singing I hold anything back and I don’t think when I’m writing I hold anything back. But I think I’m allowed to hold something back in this kind of a set-up, and, as honest a man that you are and as honest as I’m trying to be, there is a natural insincerity in the kind of — in the set-up, and I’m trying to be much better at it, but I just need one step removed.

ANDREW DENTON: That’s a good answer...

Good as any.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous jo said...

I used to go out with Andrew's sister, Philippa. Every now and again she has letters published in the Herald under the name Pip Denton.

Lovely kid, and like Andrew extremely intelligent; and loads of fun.

One Valentines day I mowed her lawn and left a great big heart shape in the middle. She loved it.

I hope life is treating her well.

19/4/08 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

That's a really nice story about the love-heart in the middle of her lawn.

Hopefully she'll have cultivated it into the consistency of a cricket pitch.

A love-heart that can be seen from space?

19/4/08 11:26 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Wow Justin, you really are the last of the great romantics.

What a glorious story.

I bet Pip still remembers you, very fondly, or as the lunatic who ruined the lawn.

26/4/08 10:19 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Shades are a handy device for maintaining inter-personal distance. I do it myself when I feel so inclined.

26/4/08 10:31 AM  

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