What to Do When an Artist You Admire Reveals Something About Themselves Which You Feel Casts an Unhappy Shadow Across Their Work…

“I think perhaps it would be helpful to you if you saw the proprietorship of a song in a different way. Personally, when I write a song and release it to the public, I feel it stops being my song. It has been offered up to my audience and they, if they care to, take possession of that song and become its custodian. The integrity of the song now rests not with the artist, but with the listener…

…Perhaps it is better to simply let Morrissey have his views, challenge them when and wherever possible, but allow his music to live on, bearing in mind we are all conflicted individuals – messy, flawed and prone to lunacies.”

—Nick Cave, “Views on Morrissey.” The Red Hand Files. June 2019.

Morrissey has always been a bit of a tool. Why do people want to pretend early Morrissey is different than late Morrissey? Like the music or don’t, but don’t judge the creation by the creator.

Interview: D.A. Pennebaker

“Working with Francis, he taught me what an artist was. Up to then I thought artists were just people who painted pictures. He understood that you committed to something for life. It wasn’t just you did this job because you could make some money or it was a good job or led to a better job. It was something you committed to like a religious cause. That was it—there was never any going back or changing your mind or anything.”

—Eagan, Daniel. “Interview: D.A. Pennebaker.” Film Comment. August 28, 2017.