Heroes.

We all have heroes. The question is as to whether they shape our personalities or we are attracted to them because they reflect our personalities. I suspect they reinforce what is already there.

My heroes are not the superheroes of comics but real people who lived real lives. They are mainly creative people whose work moved me and touched my spirit. They lit up my mind, caused a surge of wonder or made me stop and think. They opened new windows onto the universe.

My Heroes include:

Writers

Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Ken Kesey, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Anne Frank, Maya Angelou

Artists

Magritte, Dali, Picasso, Bosch, Edward Burra, Van Gogh, Miro, Gaugin, Renoir, Turner, Monet, Klee

Songwriters

Woody Guthrie, Roy Harper, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Phil Ochs, Don Van Vliet, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Jello Biafra, Mark E Smith, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Buffy St Marie, Chuck Berry,

Poets

Allen Ginsberg, Wilfred Owen, John Keats, Robert Frost, E.E. Cummings, T.S Elliott

Philosophers

Noam Chomsky, Bertrand Russell

Sci-Fi writers 

Arthur C Clarke, Robert Sheckley, Iain Banks, Philip K Dick, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, James Blish, Ursula Le Guinn, Jack Vance

Comedians

The Goons, Spike Milligan, Monty Python, Marty Feldman, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Harpo Marx

Film makers

Ken Loach, Stanley Kubrick

Native Americans

Black Elk, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud

Politicians

Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mujica

Musicians

Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Stones, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Stiff Little Fingers, Kinks, Love, Doors, Country Joe, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Son House, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Downliners Sect, Pretty Things, Cream, Free, Patti Smith

Scientists

Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Desmond Morris, Richard Dawkins, Galileo, Leonardo De Vinci, Rosalind Franklin

Environmentalists

Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, Chico Mendes, Richard Attenborough, Gordon Rattray Taylor, Gerald Durrell, Dian Fossey, Robert Hunter, Dick McTaggart

Sportsmen

George Best, Muhammad Ali, Ian Botham

 

They all explode in my head, enrich my life and surround me with their genius.

These guys are the tip of a very big rainbow iceberg.

 

12 thoughts on “Heroes.

  1. That’s quite a strange and mixed bag of heroes to have. There’s also a great deal of disparity in terms of known achievements with several of them.
    At least four of them were known to have engaged in incestuous relationships with their children.
    One a homosexual affair with a son and three with relations with their daughters.
    A further three faced rape allegation charges, with two serving sentences.
    One served sentence for sexual relations with a minor and again served sentence for surreptitious filming of unknown persons in a female restroom.
    One was a known felon for larceny, one for extortion and one for false representation impersonating another person whilst making transactions, basically fraud.
    One for kidnapping and false imprisonment. They all served prison terms.
    At least seven have been implemented in tax evasion and tax fraud.
    At least two had to return achievement awards bestowed upon them after discovery of irregularities of professional integrity – basically, they had lied. The stole other people’s ideas and took credit for them and later on got caught out.
    Two were homosexuals who committed suicide, although not together.
    One was a lesbian who had received a banning order from her home town for lewd and obscene behaviour.
    Five of them were alcoholics and at least seven were addicted to drugs.
    Eight of them were charged with violent assault charges against women.
    Six of them for similar charges against men, three of which were with employees.
    Nine of them died of depression and three by suicide pacts with their spouses.
    Two were killed in road accidents.
    One was killed falling from a speeding train.
    One was killed by a horse at stables owned by a well known gangster. Horse hoof, heavy blunt instrument, what’s the difference?

    I really don’t know how you came to regard quite a number of these celebrated characters as heroic. In their own lives they were nothing of the kind. Too many of them were anti-social deviants and were no more than disgusting and depraved animals. So many of them behaved deplorably against women. A sickening bunch in fact. Each to his own be that heroes or zeroes.

    1. Gosh what a miserable cynical way you have of looking at the world. They are my heroes because, at their best, they did things that inspired me.
      Nobody’s perfect!

  2. I forgot one more thing.
    Ann Frank did not write her diary. This was all posthumous work by her father. This was discovered approximately fifteen years ago. Needless to say, the father had made a great deal of money. Some might say a very Jewish manner in which to do business.

  3. It’s astounding
    Time is fleeting
    Madness takes its toll
    But listen closely..
    (Not for very much longer)
    I’ve got to keep control

    I remember doing the Time Warp
    Drinking those moments when
    The blackness would hit me
    And the void would be calling

    Let’s do the Time Warp again
    Let’s do the Time Warp again

    Nearly all of these music acts are no less than 50 years ago. Only 2 are no less than 45 and 40 years ago.
    Did you become deaf in 1978 or something?
    Oh, I know, you were either in a coma or cryogenically frozen!
    Do I get a prize? I’ll send some newer records as there might be a thing or two you missed out on since 1969.
    Phew, for a minute or two there I though I was reading Charles Manson’s request list for reading material when he was awaiting sentencing.

    Btw, it’s 2018. And we’ve had a black president and a woman as #2.
    The moon is an empty tin sphere and the earth is flat.
    Half of that is true. Which half?
    Welcome back to the land of the living.

    1. Jerry – yes – it’s a shame though isn’t it? A shame that brilliant music has not been forthcoming in any great quantity. I find the occasional band that I like – Eels, White Stripes, North Mississippi Allstors, James Varda, Nick Harper – even David Gray – but I can’t say I’m too impressed with too much of what I’ve heard.
      Are you suggesting I join the ranks of the moronic crew following Abba, Boyszone, Spice Girls – Yo!

      1. Boyszone, Spice Girls? Hey if you want to pretend you’re a thirteen years old schooly gurl, be my guest.
        Fair play to Abba though, brilliant musicianship, singing and tunes. They have nothing to do with anything moronic. They were a boys version of The Beatles.

        Gee. A nights in at your record haul would be a lot of fun. For maybe an hour. It’s just so one dimension limiting and virtually all the very same thing.
        Even this small secondary additional list is just more of the same.
        All this Gray, Varda, Harper singer-songwriter stuff is only good for pass the parcel. There’s nothing about it that’s interesting. Harper’s cutesy little songs about his children I’m sure are fine and dandy round the camp fire, but on your hi-fi? I don’t think so. Gray is elevator musak and Varda’s an unknown and were he any good more than three people would have bought his records. Not for me.
        Why would anybody listen to NMA, when there’s Govt. Mule. C’mon. The Mule are where it’s at, not these 3rd rate pretenders johnny comes lates. They’re hopeless.

        You must have missed every single great band coming out of UK in 70’s, the whole 80’s Indie scene and dozens of genres since.
        You’re stuck in a very tiny window of music where a lot of these names didn’t even make proper albums but just “sides” way back. There’s not a lot of listening there really. Blues, blues blues and once you’re heard the thirteenth blues it’s enough already. Then you do it all again with the UK copycat groups playing much the same thing. I can’t see why.

        So are you going to explain what you were in for all these years?
        I know. You were the guy hired by Jeremy Thorpe, right? Time frame about fits that.

  4. Man, you’re something else. Clueless really with seemingly no idea what happened after 1979. The Iranian revolution’s black cloud of Islam must have come down heavily on your music adventures progression and stuck you firmly in aspic.
    I can appreciate Abba for what they were and that doesn’t mean I bought their records or listen to them. The point was you didn’t know what Abba was and bundled them in with Spice Girls. That’s as wrong a move as would be pairing up Joni Mitchell with Ariana Grande.
    You don’t seem to understand you’re stuck in a time warp rut. Your taste is boring, very uninspiring, and one dimensional. It’s about eight letters short of being eclectic.

    1. Hey Jerry – I judge music on how much I like it consequently I’d put Abba with the Spice Girls and Take That. You can like what you like.
      No I do not find much after 1978 that’s been worth listening to – though I do come across some stuff.
      You seem to think there’s a lot of good stuff around that I’m missing out on so who are these great bands that you think I should be into?

      1. I came across your blog because the title “Heroes” was mistakenly flagged up in amongst other post listings concerning David Bowie.
        I hate to be the one to break it to you as you’ve obviously been believing what you’ve believed for a very long time, if your choice of music selection is anything to go by.
        Fyi – Mark E Smith never wrote one single song in his entire life. He used to write out random thought lines on a sheet of paper, all meaningless, cut them out into divides, throw them in the air and put them back in any random order. That was it.
        And if you can find one single proper song with Smith’s name on it from any of the twenty plus albums The Fall recorded, please let me know.
        The only proper songs he ever did sing were covers, Victoria, There’s A Ghost etc.
        I should know, I was one of the sixty odd musicians that played in The Fall.

        No, Tupert Dalli is not my real name and obviously a pseudonym to keep the trolls at a comfortable distance.

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