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the damage done

But if you swim a certain depth of the music world, you'll see a dozen of these a year: benefit concerts for (usually) American musicians who can't pay their medical bills. It's chilling, and I refuse the idea that this is merely the chill of a spoiled European. This is the story of most people everywhere: but they're uncanonized, nor even are they mates with Billy Corgan.


These things are beautiful and intolerable; only our bastard world could sustain them. Where, if people will insist on being sinful enough to neglect insurance - or on being genetically shit of out luck - they shall suffer, or else suffer charity.

The wider benefit-gig phenomenon needs looking at (its successes and massive massive massive massive failures), as celebritization of virtue and commodification of welfare, but I don't have the stomach for it now.