Phil Spector has been found guilty of murder by a Los Angeles court late yesterday (Monday 13th April) for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles mansion house in February 2003. This is the sort of headline that rocks the world of the media, because a leading figure in the music industry has smashed the goody goody image that it has been trying to portray.
As a musician myself, I had a lot of respect for Spector as he was responsible for a hell of a lot of great music over the past several decades and that is an achievement that few can claim. But like so many other music figures in the past, he has let down his fans with behaviour bordering on the psychotic.
We all remember the antics of many musicians, singers, artists and other public figures who had been given the enormous privilege of stardom and then abused it. Many have wound up in early graves because of their actions. Great names had left us through their own abuse of their bodies through alcohol and drugs such as Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), “Mama” Cass Elliot (Mamas & Papas), Keith Moon (The Who), Curt Cobaine (), Michael Hutchens (INXS), Bon Scott (AC/DC), the list goes on.
Others have fallen from grace for other offenses, such as the infamous child molester, Gary Glitter, while others have been arrested on lesser charges often allegedly prompted by acquiring adverse publicity for the sake of furthering their careers such as Ozzy Osbourne for pissing on the Alomo, biting the head off a live bat and drunkenly attacking his wife, Sharon.
But few have sunken to such depths of arrogance and belief in their own superiority as to commit murder and think they can get away with it. Phil Spector got caught and at last a U.S. court has had the bollocks to convict a high profile media figure for a crime that any average person on the street would be banged up for in a heartbeat.
Let’s not even talk about O.J. Simpson…
So there is the reason for a return to my blog to post something and also to direct attention to another blog I blatantly started for the purpose of exploring this particular case in more detail, which can be found at Phil Spector Guilty of Murder