iPod Shuffle - Pride
Pride - "U2" - Play this track here.
Pride (In the Name of Love)" is a song by rock band U2. It is the second track on the band's 1984 album, The 'Unforgettable Fire', it was released as the album's lead single in September 1984. The song had been intended to be about Ronald Reagan's pride in America's military power but writer St. Bono had been influenced by Stephen B. Oates's book Let The Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a biography of Malcolm X. These caused Bono to ponder the different sides of the civil rights campaigns, the violent and the non-violent.
I have an uneasy relationship with U2, I really like the early years up to Zooropa, but then I stuggle. This is one of my favourites however. I hope you enjoy it!
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor from near me in Burnley, living some early years in Wigan. He has received a Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.
In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was gay. He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman. Here he wears a classic Stonewall T-shirt 'Some People Are Gay, Just Get Over It'.
He is pictured here leading the Manchester Pride 2010 carnival parade today 28th August .
The emotional feeling I get when I watch the pride march most years, is a similar one to when I hear this track. From the early 1980's when Manchester's canal street was a seedy no-go area. The area along the canal was perfect for gay men to clandestinely meet as it was dark and unvisited with shuttered pubs such as Napoleons. Manto bar started to buck that trend in 1981.
At the time there was a backdrop of less than equitable policing, led by James Anderton. His appointment as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester was announced on October 23, 1975. Anderton frequently courted public controversy with his outspoken views on policing and morality. As a professed Christian who claimed to speak with the supreme being regularly and who characterised himself to be an instrument of divine judgement.
Anderton came to be known as "God's copper". This led to the press and the public questioning his mental health and capability to perform his job appropriately. He was often in conflict with the city's political leadership during the 1980s, especially over his views on homosexuality and AIDS: he declared that homosexuality should be illegal, and he referred to homosexuals and those with AIDS as "swirling in a cesspit of their own making".
The Happy Mondays song "God's Cop" criticizes James Anderton (for example, "God makes it easy/God makes is easy on me"). The John Cooper Clarke track 'Chicken Town' is also a mancunian parable on those dark days.
I for one are glad those are now behind us. We have the tolerance and freedoms that help us respect each other, regardless of sexuality, race, religion. We should all be truly thankful (amen).
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