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Heavy Rock and War Remembrance Photos

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

RW at father's graveside

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 Pigswhich 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

War Pigs-Black Sabbath

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

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Remembering Remembrance and Questioning Relevance

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Marc Latham had a services remembrance week here at the Folding Mirror poetry site last week, and debated with himself whether/how to do it before and during the week:

  • should he do one at all
  • was he using it for publicity
  • was it in good taste
  • would it be decoded as nationalistic/warmongering by some
  • or unworthy of a non-service person to write such poetry by others

Not feeling sorry for himself, Latham finds such things a bit of a dilemma, as when you become a working writer/poet, you have to try to find markets to make a living, and try to balance the creative/professional balance.

This of course opens writers who support a cause to criticism, and accusations that they are only using it for publicity and to further their career. 

Marc Latham is always aware of this, and although he does offer his opinions, and try to market his work, he always does it with words he believes in, and doesn’t use marketing strategies that he doesn’t think ethical or fair. 

In the current media climate it seems that having extreme opinions is the easiest way to get attention, but Marc Latham tries to keep to the ethics of the Greenygrey (sorry if that, and all this, seems a plug!), and look at everything from all points of view, and provide a balanced opinion, or a balance to what he thinks is missing or skewed in some debates.

Anyway, after writing his armistice poem, and reading it, and seeing the field of poppies gravatar he used last week, he was reminded of the last episode of Blackadder, which mixed images of the cast going over the top to their deaths with the fields of poppies that would later replace the mud and wire.

It hadn’t been a conscious influence at the time of creating the poem, but the juxtaposition of history and nature, myth and reality seemed very reminiscent afterwards.  So Marc Latham wrote this poem in reflection:

Reflecting on Poems of your Future

inspiration for creation
idea falls to life
new thoughts harvested
consume, digest, scatter 

poem of your future, reflections on the past

analyse, decode, remember
old images recalled
memories return to mind
unconscious reveals mystery