Dead Men Left

Friday, October 22, 2004

Afghanistan: Welcome to Marlboro Country, Mr Pop

Interview with Iggy Pop in the Big Issue this week (unavailable online). We've covered Mr Pop's opinions on the resolution of the capitalist music industry's deep contradictions before, but here he once again returns to a few political themes. Here is on the intricate connections between the Berlin Wall, Lucky Strikes, and Osama Bin Laden:

"...This cigarette hysteria, this banning, wouldn't have happened if the Soviet Union hadn't disintegrated, but once that happened this country needed a new devil and it was cigarettes. And now we have another new one - with a moustache and a sheet over his head - it's ridiculous."

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