Sunday, November 23, 2008

 

Richey Edwards

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/3870890.Court_declares_Manic_Street_Preacher_dead/

Richey Edwards was the first person I ever interviewed, when the Sunday Times hired me away from school at sixteen. He fascinated me and influenced me, both positively and negatively, at a pivotal age. He fascinated himself both positively and negatively. 'The Holy Bible', the Manics album that came out just as he vanished, is like his 'Guernica', a historical record in art of the war he lived with.

Comments:
I wonder how hard it must be for parents to never find closure...
 
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**and fans who invested so much emotion into the guy**

With all due respect, Sardine, the sadness that this instills in his fans is utterly nothing compared to the ordeal that his loved ones (family and friends) have been and are going through.

When Diana Princess of Wales died, the whole world cried out, and everybody thought that they too had lost someone close...
The truth is, however, that the only ones who *truly* lost someone were her two sons and her family/close friends.
The world lost an icon, maybe a role model, but that's utterly nothing compared to losing someone you "physically" shared your life with.

I understand your sadness, but I just don't think it's the same...
 
Stone, I never said the fans grief was on par with the suffering of his family and friends. There are different levels of how things affect people and whilst it may not be the 'first degree' of sadness that those close to him are suffering,it's a sadness no less that people with any degree of compassion will feel second rate or not...
 
I think the elements that you put in your first book are a lovely tribute to someone who obviously carried a lot of power to move people.
 
Sardine, I'm sorry if I came across like I was being agressive or unsympathetic...
Of course can I understand that/why you are sad...I was shellshocked when Freddy Mercury died - also because he died of AIDS - and I still find the loss of John Lennon sad beyond words...
I didn't mean to make you feel more shitty than you already do...your wording just made it sound like it was the same for his fans and loved ones...
But I perfectly understand where you're coming from...
 
Found two article you wrote about Richey, thought this was really lovely.

Richey's father, Graham Edwards, is a miner who became a hairdresser. Nicky Wire softly explained: "Our romance is based on where we come from and the desire to escape." Richey, dressed to match Nicky in leopard-print jacket and thick eyeliner, nodded: "Our romance is having total power because we know we have nothing to lose. We're secure in the knowledge that we already lost a long time ago."
 
I haven't heard his music, so I can't comment on whether it's the musical equivalent of Picasso's "Guernica," but that comparison strikes me as a...stretch.

When I first read this I thought "Manic Street Preachers" were a homeless group. Now that I've found out they aren't I admit I find this story less interesting.
 
Maybe the reference was made with regard to his 'inner struggle'...I don't know enough about him or his life, but perhaps that's what Emma meant...donno
 
If you've never heard the music Elizabeth then you can't really give a sincere judgment on Emma's opinion. And I emphasise on the words Emma's opinion...

xSx
 
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