Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll
(Those words nearly always seemed to linked in the same way as Big and Brother or Conspiracy and Theory).
Think about Gary Glitter, Jonathan King or Rolf Harris for one moment. I bet most people are rightly cringing and are calling them all sorts of names in their heads for the vile crimes they carried out to innocent kids. The three of them had hits in the charts to varying degree's of success. There is no denying that Gary Glitter was one of the biggest glam rock stars of the 1970's. I'd guess most people over 40 can remember Rolf singing Two little boys, and older heads, Jake the peg. And Jonathan King said Everyone's gone to the moon. And today their music is banned from the air ways and their names linked forever with child sex abuse.
Now if I mentioned Elvis Presley most people would think ... “The King of rock'n'roll, I did nor didn't like his music." Maybe some of you ladies might think "He was very good looking when he was young and he did look good in black leather". Some may think "an over weight junkie who became a parody of himself." And if you heard an Elvis Presley song today on the radio you wouldn't think twice. Do you prefer Elvis music from the ... 1950's, 1960's , 1970's.?
Now, back in 1959 while stationed in Germany, Elvis started dating a 14 year old Priscilla Beaulieu. In 1958 one of Elvis's friends and former stable mates from the legendary Sun records label in Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis was hounded out of the UK and his tour cancelled because he married his then 13 year old cousin.. Upon returning to Memphis he found all his songs banned from the airways and Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun records was forced to splice together several of Jerry Lee's hit's with a radio interview in a track called The return of Jerry Lee in an attempt to rescue his career. Jerry Lee himself recorded under the ghost name 'The Hawk'. But for years no one would touch Jerry Lee until the late 1960's when he released 'Another place, Another time' which won him huge critical acclaim in the country music industry.
In her 1985 autobiography, Elvis and Me, Priscilla describes Elvis as ...
a very passionate man who was not overtly sexual towards her. According to her account, the singer told her that they had to wait until they were married before having intercourse. He said, "I'm not saying we can't do other things. It's just the actual encounter. " ... Wikipedia
In Albert Goldman's book 'Elvis' Brent D. Taylor has stated that
Elvis's closest female relationships were usually with young girls of around 13 or 14, ending as they reached late teens . He didn't have sex with these young girls, but had pyjama parties, pillow fights and indulged in 'girl talk'.
Priscilla said in a TV bio-documentary she made about her life with Elvis that on at least one occasion he raped her while all their friends were down stairs in the Jungle Rome of Gracelands.
But you can listen to Elvis Presley on music radio stations today ...?
Now, if I was to say 'The Rollin' Stones'... most would think, great in their day. But one of their former members is a paedophile..
Wyman was probably the least well-known band member till he became a front-page news story in the 1980s - partly for sleeping with more women than Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias could dream of, and largely for sleeping with a girl who was 13 years old when they met. Nowadays, he's a family man - happily monogamous, almost 70 and with three young daughters.
Mick Jagger seemed to have sex with anyone including threesomes with David Bowie.
.... The men frequently engaged in threesomes, but had a deeper emotional bond too, said Ava Cherry, a backing singer. She recalls some of their steamier moments together: "Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex.And Keith Richards is best friends with a pervert who filmed young women in toilets and was once prosecuted for bringing a 14 year old girl across state lines for prostitution.
However, in December 1959, Berry ran afoul of the law again after he invited a 14-year-old Apache waitress whom he met in Mexico to work as a hat check girl at his club. The girl was arrested on a prostitution charge after being fired from the job and Berry was arrested under the Mann Act. Berry was convicted, fined $5,000, and sentenced to five years in prison...*(*While in prison Berry wrote one of his many hit's called No particular place to go )
In 1990 Berry was sued by several women who alleged that Berry installed a video camera in the ladies' bathrooms at two of his St. Louis restaurants. Berry probably installed the camera so that he could masturbate vigorously while watching video of women going to the bathroom at his restaurant. It's possible that Berry had microphones installed so that he could hear the sounds of women farting after eating the food at his restaurants.Yet all over the world today budding guitarists are busting their fingers trying to work out how to play the opening riff to Johnny B Goode .. (it's played in Bb--B flat). Or Bill's riff's on Honky Tonk Woman..
France also has the same double standards in music.. If I was to mention Serge Gainsbourg some would think, isn't he that French singer who had the quasi erotic hit with Jane Birkin called Je t'aime,...moi non plus. The song was banned because of sexual content (story goes Serge and Jane had sex while recording it). He had recorded the song several years previous with a young Brigitte Bardot but the song was pulled for the same reasons. Some people may know he once told Whitney Houston live on French TV, while drunk " I want to fuck you." He famously pulled out a 500 franc note and burnt it to show how much of his earnings went up in smoke.
But there is also a darker side to Serge Gainsbourg. He recorded several songs with his daughter Charlotte and one was called Lemon incest. The music video is of the two of them cavorting on bed half naked while singing to each other. France Gall, who wasn't to dissimilar to Cilla Black sang a song penned by Gainsbourg called 'Les Sucettes'. This is what France Gall thought about the song after she had discovered 'other meaning' and how she felt betrayed by the music industry and how it made her feel.
Then there is Johnny Hallyday who is a cross between a French Elvis Presley & Cliff Richard who in the early 2000's had a case of rape thrown out of court because ....
The acting judge took the police officers off the case at the beginning of this month because he was unhappy with the slow pace at which it was proceeding and was worried by witnesses' claims of an unhealthy closeness between police officers and the singer's entourage.Some of Hallyday's closest friends include both Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, both former presidents of France who have very chequered back grounds.
Even today in the music industry there are stories linking pop moguls to known sex abusers. Simon Cowell, put up the money for Kings bail. He only cut ties with Max Clifford after his conviction. During Max Clifford's court case Bill Maloney of Pie and Mash movies asked Clifford did Cowell know Jonathan King was bringing underage girls into Peter Stringfellow's West End nite club for drug fuelled sex parties to which Clifford gave no reply.
Cliff Richard has a 'squeaky clean' image in the press but when you scratch under the surface you quickly find out he is an adulterer.
'In a book about The Shadows published in 1983, Harris claimed that his first wife, Carol DaCosta, whom he married in 1959, had had an affair with Cliff Richard in the early days of his success; this had led to Harris’s chronic depression and alcohol addiction.'
The Peter Pan of pop Cliff 'Kitty' Richard attended Elm Guest House. According to the Coleman Experience site is said to attended sex parties and is said to have a 'fetish' to urinate over boys with Melvyn Bragg. Cliff Richard today not only owns a home in Barbados but also has full citizenship. Funnily enough Barbados doesn't have an extradition treaty with the UK and strangely it's almost impossible to obtain citizenship from there. Does Sir Cliff think he'll need to protect himself from something?
I suppose what I'm asking myself more than anything is why are certain Rock stars allowed to have their music played without causing an offence to anyone when other's aren't. Elvis Presley, Bill Wyman and Jerry Lee all liked 13 & 14 year old girls, Chuck liked to film women and Serge sang about incest with his teenage daughter. While Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris, Jonathan King and the Lost Prophets are all banned from the airways and most peoples MP3 players. Yet they are all guilty of sex abuse and sex crimes!
I'll let Johnny Rotten have the last word.