With Remembrance Sunday in the U.K. around the corner I thought it was a good time to post this rock and war blog that has remained in the Greenygrey vaults for about a month.
Rock And War
Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head of Greenygrey creation, and specialist in photography like my human parallel Baron Wolman. Rock music has usually been used to protest against war, and Pink Floyd have been at the forefront of criticising unnecessary wars.
This is mostly because Roger Waters lost his father in World War Two. This greenygrey photo posted on Google+ by Seth Meister shows Waters recently visiting his father’s memorial in Italy to honour his father.
Roger Waters Memorial Photo
Judas Priest have a song called War, as well as one called Breaking the Law.
Around the same time as the above Roger Waters photo surfaced, Planet Rock on Facebook posted the photo below of their singer Rob Halford camouflaging himself nicely against the window and bushes for his war with the lawn.
Rob Halford Gardening Photo
Perhaps the most famous and best rock protest song is Black Sabbath’s War Pigs, which criticised the hierarchy who create and perpetuate wars for their own personal gain, whether for their egos and place in history, or financial gain.
World War One, or the Great War as it is also known, is probably the biggest example of this in Britain. Here’s some of the War Pigs lyrics from the Cheezburger website, with half a greenygrey.
Black Sabbath War Pigs
Some wars are necessary, and some provide people and animals the chance to become heroes. Many people desire the opportunity to be heroes, while others are reluctant ones.
This is natural, and especially when movies and media glamourise war. The Greenygrey isn’t against that, and there’s enough ‘reality’ out there to balance it, although most people won’t see it, and won’t want to.
World War Two was probably the most necessary war for Britain. The U.S.A. joined in, played a major role, and then made some great movies about it. One of the best, and perhaps THE best, was The Great Escape.
Steve McQueen played the cool American in that, and we were delighted to see that greenygrey played a big part below him… and behind him!
Steve McQueen Great Escape Photo