Brian Eno, art rock’s resident Renaissance Man, spoke at the Stop Gaza Massacre protest in London on Saturday. He was mainly repeating what he already wrote in an article for the venerable progressive site Counterpunch.
Eno has touched on Middle East politics in his music as well. He concluded his last solo album (2005’s Another Day on Earth) with a song written from the perspective of a female Palestinian suicide bomber called “Bone Bomb.”
At the time of its release (incidentally, Eno debuted the album in Russia as a challenge to the record industry, which usually releases albums in Western countries first), Eno told the St. Petersburg Times that the song was inspired by two articles he read. One was a news story about a suicide bomber. The other was by an Israeli doctor, who explained that most of the wounds inflicted in a suicide bombing are the result of bone shrapnel from the attacker. Said Eno: “These articles were on the same page, and I thought what a combination of tragedies these represent, so I wrote the song with words from the articles.”
The subject matter may be morbid, but Eno’s intent is clear. He wants his audience to connect with the madness of both the act of suicide bombing and the desperation that leads people to it.
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“When you’re in your 50s as I am, what are you going to write about? You’re not going to write about riding in open cars with teenage girls.” -Brian Eno