The Hitler of Gibsons

While not my first musical crush—that would be the Sex Pistols—the Who introduced me to a branch of rock’s family tree blessedly devoid of hirsute hippies yodeling about fairies and elves between 20-minute guitar solos. And I love them still.

So like any Who fan, I noted the death last week of Gustav Metzger. While a student at the Ealing School of Art, Pete Townshend had been inspired by performance artist Metzger and his theories of auto-destructive art, which Metzger conceived of as “a desperate last-minute subversive political weapon…an attack on the capitalist system.”

His resulting displays, passing condemnatory Marxist judgment on everything from the Nazism that had killed Metzger’s parents—he had come to England with the Kindertransport—to rampant post-rationing consumerism and the supposedly ever-looming threat of nuclear war, were fueled by the spirit of demolition rather than creativity in the traditional sense.

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  • stubb

    I remember that he was supposedly the inspiration behind The Who smashing up their instruments.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I want to be the ‘fascist of Fenders’, and maybe the ‘Martial Law of Marshal’ amps too.

    • Clausewitz

      I’m just the Goober of Gibsons. Yeah Haw!!!!!

      • J. C.

        And I’m the Jackass of Jacksons… Pleased to make your acquaintance, Goober! 😉

  • canminuteman

    Capitalism isn’t a “system”. It’s what free people do unless there is someone with power trying to stop them.,

  • canminuteman

    It sounds to me like he was a crazy no talent hack.