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Steve Shaw Obit: Phil Spector (1939-2021) (30) RE: Obit: Phil Spector (1939-2021) 18 Jan 21

Big Al does have a point, and it behoves us to look at our own imperfections, but it's also valid to have red lines when it comes to individuals who have achieved eminence in their field but who have also been guilty of despicable deeds. I doubt whether anyone round here would buy a box set of Jim'll Fix It (Jimmy Savile's very popular TV show - my kids loved it...). Richard Wagner was a rabid antisemite and I won't listen to his music. Herbert Von Karajan was an enthusiastic member of the Nazi Party during the war and was a big help to Hitler, so ditto. Many would, and do, argue that these guys' artistic lives should be seen as entirely separate from their private shenanigans. I'm not all that sure. It's partly principle with me, misguided you may say, but, more than that, I find it impossible to hold my nose. We have to make our own personal decisions about people who are very close to that line, and what's tolerable for you may be indigestible for me. So be it.

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