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Elvis Costello joins Israel boycott, canceling June shows
haaretz.com ^ | 5/18/10 | staff

Posted on 05/18/2010 12:44:41 PM PDT by Nachum

'Humiliation and intimidation' of Palestinians behind decision to scrap Caesarea concerts, British singer says.

British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello this week became the latest in a list of stars to cancel performances in Israel as a political protest.

Costello, who was due to play two shows in Caesarea on June 30 and 31, posted a message on his website in which he announced that he would scrap the concerts in protest at what he termed the intimidation and humiliation of Palestinians by Israel.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boycott; costello; elvis; elviscostello; israel; israelboycott; propalestinianwar
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Elvis? His name is Declan Patrick MacManus.
1 posted on 05/18/2010 12:44:41 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

And he sucks.

A boycott isn’t a bad thing in this case.


2 posted on 05/18/2010 12:46:26 PM PDT by Hexenhammer (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Nachum

Is he singing that same crap from 1981? Just go on tour with Linda Rondstat, Elvis. You idiots are made for each other.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 12:47:07 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Nachum

I always knew he was a jerk. This is incontrovertible evidence of that fact.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 12:48:01 PM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Nachum

I thought it was Elvis Presley who was full of crap.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 12:48:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

Another D lister speaks, desperate for some attention.


6 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:00 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Nachum; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ..

Is he boycotting Saudi Arabia too?


7 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Nachum

No Elvis. No Peace!


8 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:06 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: Nachum

Wasn’t he partnered up with some guy named Abbot?


9 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:20 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Parmenio

a jerk doing something right


10 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:38 PM PDT by brivette
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To: cripplecreek
I thought it was Elvis Presley who was full of crap.

I think that was peanut butter & bananas.

11 posted on 05/18/2010 12:49:59 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Nachum

An impersonator - he has lots in common with BHO. Can’t make it being who they really are.

Long Live Israel - Go Bibi!


12 posted on 05/18/2010 12:50:05 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Nachum

His early stuff was pretty good, but he really went downhill when he “expanded” into other venues. I wouldn’t pay to see him nowadays anyway.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 12:50:17 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Spok

14 posted on 05/18/2010 12:50:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Boycott Arizona too


15 posted on 05/18/2010 12:51:40 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Hexenhammer

Mr. Diana Krall may be a jerk but he has written some great songs.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 12:52:04 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Nachum

Elvis Costello - the douche who has his records pushed by Columbia house bargain bins. Please.


17 posted on 05/18/2010 12:52:40 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Nachum

Well it would have been tough to make that June 31 show anyway.


18 posted on 05/18/2010 12:52:51 PM PDT by jtal
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To: Nachum

Both his fans are crushed.


19 posted on 05/18/2010 12:55:00 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Nachum

What is wrong with these people? They make me want to pull my hair out! How can they look on a map and decide that itty bitty Israel is the one doing the persecuting? They make me sick. If I was a fan of his, I sure wouldn’t be any longer. I hope his career collapses.


20 posted on 05/18/2010 12:55:51 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: Nachum

Isn’t there any smart CONSERVATIVE entertainers anywhere??

Why are the celebrities LIBERAL IDIOTS

And I like his music too....


21 posted on 05/18/2010 12:56:42 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Hexenhammer

_ _ _ _ Him! and the horse he rode in on...


22 posted on 05/18/2010 12:57:11 PM PDT by WomBom (I wonder if my gear is down? We would have touched by now.......Right?)
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To: Nachum

23 posted on 05/18/2010 1:01:47 PM PDT by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: Nachum

As all the artists line up on the side of Baal, I find my own listening tastes getting ever more eclectic. There is a lot of good stuff out there by people no one has ever heard of. If no one has heard of them, then no one has interviewed them to get them on record where they stand on Baal worship.

Or, if they did, its perhaps in a language I don’t read, or in publications I don’t get. Which, for me, is the same thing.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 1:01:59 PM PDT by marron
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To: Nachum
British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello - an over-the-hill pop star who hasn't done anything of merit since the 1980's...
25 posted on 05/18/2010 1:03:04 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Mr. K

Country and heavy metal seems to be where the conservative and liberarian singers seem to land.

Honestly I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. I suspect it may be because so many country singers are raised with conservative ideals. Metal singers I’m unsure of why.


26 posted on 05/18/2010 1:03:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

For a boycott to be effective, it helps to be relevant.

Personally, I didn’t like Elvis Costello when he was relevant. In the early 80s, the music industry was trying to push “geek” rock on us (Devo, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, etc). Elvis Costello was the worst of it...nasal voice, poor instrumentals, uninspiring lyrics.


27 posted on 05/18/2010 1:05:11 PM PDT by kidd
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To: cripplecreek

Elvis has been recording country/rootsy music as of late.


28 posted on 05/18/2010 1:06:17 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: cripplecreek

” Honestly I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. I suspect it may be because so many country singers are raised with conservative ideals. Metal singers I’m unsure of why. “

Metal tend to be Libretarian Conservative types maybe?


29 posted on 05/18/2010 1:06:23 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Nachum

Is this supposed to be a loss of some sort for Israel? LOL


30 posted on 05/18/2010 1:07:12 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Nachum

....is this supposed to be a bad thing for Israel??? LOL


31 posted on 05/18/2010 1:09:22 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Nachum

Didn’t Elvis Costello make some unflattering racial remarks about James Brown? Sometime in the 1980s he referred to James Brown as a “jive ass ‘n’. What a guy!


32 posted on 05/18/2010 1:09:54 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: CaliforniaCon

Oops, sorry for double post -


33 posted on 05/18/2010 1:09:56 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: cripplecreek

It has to do with the music industry.

Heavy Metal isn’t so much about political correctness as it is “rock and roll”.

Communists and by proxy hippies, didn’t like rock and roll, until they were able to co-opt it. Before that, it was juvenile junk and the product of capitalist Westernism.

Recall how they hated it when Bob Dylan went electric. He was supposed to be the spokesman of his generation.

The U2s, Pearl Jams, Radioheads, and REMs have the “right” politics. You have to get on the air sometime to become “big”. Plenty of other established acts don’t get the call.

Punk began as a backlash against hippie jams and political correctness. Legs McNeil has said as much. While Wayne Kramer and John Sinclair try to wear Sinclair’s “White Panthers” manifesto on the sleeves of the MC5, they were routinely called out by the hard left for not walking the walk. They merely were marketed as “radicals” by John Sinclair. Getting booked at the DNC 1968 convention helped (although the crowd had been told to expect the Beatles or the Stones).

There are left wing and even Communist sympathizing country artists. Kris Kristoferson, Steve Earle, Dixie Chicks, others.

Johnny Cash’s family seems to be to the left of his own political stance.

Not everyone feels compelled to beat their audiences over the head with their politics.


34 posted on 05/18/2010 1:12:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: GSWarrior

“Mr. Diana Krall may be a jerk but he has written some great songs.”

I like HER music. In fact Canada turns out a lot of good musical performers.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 1:12:13 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: kidd

He was considered one of the best lyricists around.


36 posted on 05/18/2010 1:12:48 PM PDT by Borges
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To: GSWarrior

Last I heard he was singing the “standards” of Burt Bacharach.


37 posted on 05/18/2010 1:13:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Nachum

Who would pay good money to see Elvis Costello......he’s a lead in act at best!!!! I’m sure Israel is quaking in it’s boots at the threat of rioting in the streets because Elvis Costello isn’t showing!!!


38 posted on 05/18/2010 1:14:21 PM PDT by ontap
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To: a fool in paradise

He cowrote songs he did with Burt.


39 posted on 05/18/2010 1:14:28 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Nachum
First the Diaspora, then the Holocaust and now this,... no Elvis Costello. When will this suffering ever end. Oi vey.

Yes, our esteemed “artists” are so open, fair, unbiased and non judgmental. And not a single anti-Semite among them.

40 posted on 05/18/2010 1:16:42 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: truth_seeker
I've long enjoyed DK and her "Live in Paris" cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" is THE definitive version - just amazing!

Mr. Krall is just another anti-semite "arteest".

41 posted on 05/18/2010 1:16:48 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: ontap

Maybe he could reschedule to play Iran.


42 posted on 05/18/2010 1:17:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Nachum

Always amusing to hear HAS BEEN cancel their show in Israel. It is their only option to get a little bit of notice again.

PS.I thought Costello was dead.


43 posted on 05/18/2010 1:17:58 PM PDT by AndyPH
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To: a fool in paradise

They could always ask Leon Redbone to fill in!!!!


44 posted on 05/18/2010 1:18:11 PM PDT by ontap
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To: Nachum

Why didn’t he just move his venue to some Palestinian concert halls? That way he could combine his devastating blow to the Israelis with some support for all his Palestinian fans?


45 posted on 05/18/2010 1:19:45 PM PDT by ConfusedAndLovingIt
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To: a fool in paradise
Not everyone feels compelled to beat their audiences over the head with their politics.

Thats something I can appreciate from anyone not in politics.
46 posted on 05/18/2010 1:21:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Borges

Not by me.


47 posted on 05/18/2010 1:21:35 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Borges

...and not with Dire Straits at their peak.


48 posted on 05/18/2010 1:22:30 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Hexenhammer

I can’t boycott what I never listened to.


49 posted on 05/18/2010 1:22:32 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Nachum

Does this guy still have a career?


50 posted on 05/18/2010 1:24:49 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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