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Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

As a veteran (30+ years, including 20+ writing about music) journalist, starting when I lived in Columbia, SC and wrote locally for the Free Times and The State in the mid '90s, this is one of the finest, poignant, and thought-provoking pieces I've come across, music and otherwise; and a story that has so many emotional layers -- tragic, affectionate, wry, truthful. One point that others have commented on, in this man's "defense," albeit far too late, -- is that it means almost nothing in the context of evidence concerning "sex offender" leanings that there were more job applications received from boys than girls at a record store. Record collecting, record stores, record conventions etc., for better AND worse, have long been a predominantly male preserve (just take a look around next time you're in one), much like comic book and automotive stores. Either way, it seems the punishment(s) certainly far exceeded whatever "crime" may have occurred. Domestic abusers, rapists, and murders often suffer fewer consequences. And this account of this man's life, beset by sad circumstances, accidents, and disaster (some of it his own doing, possibly, much of it not) begs a larger question: Whose crime is the greater here? Fred's? Or those of all the official institutions, religious and municipal/governmental, that chose to ignore, marginalize, and ostracize someone in such dire, desperate need of help?

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Posted by Jonathan Perry on 04/07/2016 at 7:13 PM

 

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