From Ace Showbiz:
Babyshambles Banned From Performing at Moonfest
This summer, Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles have been banned from appearing at three-day U.K. music festival, Moonfest. …
Divisional commander of Wiltshire Police Chief, Julian Kirby says, “We carried out an analysis of what Pete Doherty and his band does. What he does as part of his routine is to excite the crowd. They speed up and then slow down the music and create a whirlpool effect in the crowd.”
Oh, really, Mr Thatcherite–Blairite-Brownite police chief cum “musicologist”. I know some more music which “speed ups and then slows down”. Listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Some parts of his music are “andante”, relatively slow; and then they become “allegro”, faster. So, Police Chief Julian Kirby, go and ban Mozart performances. And go and arrest that Mozart guy … some people think his music is “exciting.” Well… err … he’s been dead for over two hundred years. There are lots of other music you might ban as it is sometimes slow and then gets faster: Johann Sebastian Bach; Ludwig van Beethoven ….
So, almost all music might be banned in brave new Wiltshire. Though Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, paper edition, page 9, 20 August 2008, mentions at least a few exceptions:
In this [“rhytmic variation”], police commissioner Paul Williams says, the band [Babyshambles] differs from acts like Bucks Fizz and Cliff Richard.
So, just a few musicians maybe might not be banned.
It fits in with Blairite Britain, where singing a song by punk rockers The Clash may get one arrested as a “terrorist”.
Australia: Sydney man faces “terrorist” trial for compiling book: here.