All of these calls for “unity” and prayers that thousands of people die so that people “wake up” have nothing to do with anyone preventing the Bush administration from doing what they want. They’re simply expressing a deep anger that the dirty fucking hippies don’t agree with everything they say. Ultimately, they’re angry that their pet war isn’t going well and angry that the dirty fucking hippies don’t rely on quite as many adult undergarments as they do.
When it comes to monumental events that have truly “united” Americans, I prefer to wax nostalgic over more positive occurrences that didn’t result in, um, mass casualties:
(ThinkProgress link courtesy Memeorandum.)
Factory Records founder and Manchester music impresario Tony Wilson succumbs to cancer at age 57.
From the BBC News obituary:
Wilson was a founder of Factory Records in the late 1970s, the label behind Joy Division, New Order and The Happy Mondays.
In 1982, he set up The Hacienda nightclub, which became known as perhaps the most famous club in the world in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
It became the heart of the “Madchester” scene, playing host to bands such as New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis.
Even Madonna played her first UK gig at the Whitworth Street club in February 1983.
Terry Christian sums up Wilson’s legacy:
“No Tony Wilson, no Manchester music scene.”
After the jump, Peter Hook, Peter Saville, and Ben Kelly discuss the history of the Hacienda with Miranda Sawyer .