What can I say? The man gives good quote. This time, it’s from an interview rather than a Phonogram issue.
“I could make – say – the Buzzcock’s “Spiral Scratch” be a God, in that it’s a record which was as much as a movement (begetting the postpunk indie scene in Britain), and movements are just ideas with their radical activist clothes on.“
The whole interview is lovely–especially for a music geek like me. It’s at a modern pagan magazine, and as such discusses the magic in Phonogram from a more serious perspective. But from both ends, it’s an excellent read. Gillen takes the magic in music very seriously, and the interviewer isn’t interested in pushing paganism on readers, just in pulling apart the comic.
The above quote resonated with the activist in me as well as the music junkie. I like the thought of ideas taking shape out of a record or a thought, taking physical form, having power. Like the line from V for Vendetta, “Ideas are bulletproof.”
Whether the idea is something as simple and neat as a pop single or as huge and expansive as the social justice movements of the 60s, ideas do have power.
Read the whole interview. It’s good stuff.