After first getting heavily into rock and metal via Rainbow and AC/DC, although I’d liked some rocks songs before, such as Sweet and Slade, and Queen and Pink Floyd; I could blame the latter’s “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)” (We don’t need no education, We don’t need no thought control) for my school rebellion, but it was just a second opinion really; was it already ADHD, not to say I think I was totally wrong, or the song is.
I also mostly wanted to be a footballer at the time, and had an all or nothing attitude, that is perhaps still evident in my writing ambitions. It can work, leading to great success, but of course only for a minority.
School and Work Systems
It’s not against all schools, which I probably didn’t realise at the time, relating it to my own mind and school, which wasn’t particularly strict or rigid, and in fact had a nice lenient headmaster; but against some types of schooling and teachers, which is probably what I’m still rebelling against now, and the similar people and systems within the workplace. As Wikipedia says about it: ‘All parts were written by Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger Waters. Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular.’
When I brought up legendary boarding schools crimes against children with middle and upper class students in university they became all protective, and acted as if I was attacking their system. So no wonder that they weren’t interested in trying to stop care home abuses either… or workplace abuses. Not saying the working-class are any better, and many of them can be worse when they get power, but the upper classes usually have more chance to make a difference in the media or government.
Jon Gaunt was recently on Sunday Morning Live saying there’s a ‘rape culture’ now in upper class schooling, according to his daughters, which is probably a meeting of traditional upper class misogynistic behaviour merging with new multicultural influences – such as some of the lyrics in rap (which is like the modern rock to some extent); while other rap lyrics have beautiful topics, or justifiable protests.
Gaunt was there to talk about sexism and wolf-whistling (which has nothing to do with real wolves, whose alpha pair live faithful lives, and bring the pack up with exemplary family values), defending the working-class, who I think are usually the easy scapegoats for feminists.
One of the biggest examples of that is rock music, which I will finally get to tomorrow. I’m sorry for the delay, but hopefully you’ll follow my and Van Halen’s example:
Available to buy or borrow on Amazon and some great big bookshops.