by / April 27th, 2010 /

Joan Armatrading – Vicar Street, Dublin

Joan Armatrading’s one of those slow-building legends. Having grown up with a guitar in her hands in industrial Birmingham, the soulful blues-rock singer went on not only to make a series of popular albums, but also to play a prominent role in women’s rights and refugee activism along the way. At the age of 59, she still performs with an offbeat charisma, throwing comic patter into the gaps between songs and grinning manically throughout.

Joan packs an impressive punch live. Many of her tracks are reminiscent of Paul McCartney’s -Live And Let Die’ era, in that Joan’s generally quite a laid back vocalist, but occasionally throws an unexpected punch into her live show – backed with columns of flashing light – that keeps the audience on their toes, being simultaneously boisterous and melancholy.

There’s a clear -pecking order’ for tracks in Joan’s shows, though. Her style shines a light on her husky, soulful vocals and sparklingly subtle guitar licks, but a full two hours of her content can seem a little similar after a while, and everyone’s waiting for the big ones. For a 59 year old to perform for two hours at all is an impressive feat, of course, but the highlights are the same two or three tracks we all knew they would be at the start, and the rest of the set – whilst of substantial quality – lacks the variety it would take to lift Joan into the stratosphere.

Still, the beautiful moments are truly stunning. The encore – which starts almost two hours into Armatrading’s set – is lit up by the heartfelt vocals of downbeat fans-favorite -Willow’. Midway through the set we’re treating to a gentle rendition of perhaps the most touching song ever written about an illicit love triangle, -The Weakness In Me’, which has been opened up to an entirely new audience through Sister Hazel’s movie-featuring cover. It’s the kind of track that a singer could almost get away with performing twice. The other obvious highlight comes in the form of top single -Love And Affection’, a spirited ballad that lifts the hall into a full minute standing ovation just over an hour in. All in all, Joan Armatrading is artistically beautiful, vocally alluring but just a touch less mottled than you might hope over the course of a two-hour set. One thing is extremely clear, however: she’s quite a character.

  • Jen

    As well as Joan’s music I have always been impressed by her apparent commitment to justice – her triute song to Mandela, for example (The Messenger), and, as mentioned above, her commitment to women’s rights and refugees.
    This is why I was so shocked to learn that Joan is going to play Israel this summer.
    What about the Palestinian call for boycott and what about Palestinian women and refugees? Don’t they also deserve to be ‘treated as we would be treated’?

  • Belinda

    I want to believe that as well as a great musician, Joan is a compassionate human being. Surely she will not perform in Israel whils the people of Gaza are imprisoned and starving and Israel denies the Palestinians a homeland.

  • Kev Moore

    Joan may have played a prominent role in women’s rights and refugee activism in the past but by agreeing toplay in Israel she has certenly turned her back on that past.

  • Carol

    I am at a loss to understand how Joan can reconcile herself to performing in a country with such an abysmal record on human rights, let alone women’s.

  • Sean

    What a shame that at this stage in her illustrious career she is prepared to sell her your soul for filthy lucre. Everybody knows the Zionists are bribing artists with exorbitant fees to get them to play in apartheid Israel. Don’t add you name to the list of artists bribed to play in a state that is guilty of war crinmes and cires against humaninty – go to Gaza instead.

  • I reckon she’ll pull out; just wait and see.
    But I hope she plays there one day – once Israel comes out of its darkness.

  • Francesca

    Joan Armartrading, such an icon for women’s and refugee’s rights, will be forever tainting her image when performing in Israel this summer.
    The 1st venue is an re-covered Roman amphitheatre, inside Sunni Park, a reforestation project on expropriated Palestinian land, and “bought” by the JNF…

  • Janet

    Joan Armatrading is ignoring the Palestinian call to boycott Israel and if she plays will be used to promote Israel as a cosmopolitan and fun place.

  • It’s seems we’re linked into a website somewhere on Palestinian issues…. guys and girls, I fully respect your write to express yourselves, but Joan is known for her women’s rights and humanitarian issues, and – as I have absolutely no doubt you are aware – issues in the particular part of the world you’re talking about (which I won’t name, to avoid causing offense!) are more political and religious than social, and don’t really fall under the kind of work Joan does as far as I’m aware. Many parts of the world (Ireland included, depending on who you ask, and certainly Northern Ireland) have issues that would be a justifiable reason in some eyes for a particular musicians not to play there, but if this is an issue that Joan feels strongly about (and I’ve never seen any evidence that it is), would this not be an opportunity for her to express her views?

    As for Joan providing Israel with a cosmopolitan image, she is a singer who peaked a large number of years ago, and does have a semi-legendary status, but I think it’s going much too far to argue she brings any more credibility than any of the numerous other acts who play in the area.

    Either way, this is a review of the Dublin concert Joan recently played, not a comment on her politics or social interests, which are mentioned at the start as a kind of introduction. Certainly, carry on posting, but sadly I don’t think inundating the reviews with your political views is likely to affect her travels – I doubt Joan is much of an internet review person! Perhaps a well reasoned letter to Joan (or her management) is the way to go if you want to make your case? If someone does write one, please post below, too. I’d be interested to read it.

  • Just to clarify, I said humanitarian issues above, I should have been more specific – she’s known for helping the British refugee community.

  • Okay, I’ve just searched down the source of this out of curiosity (in calm down mode after a gig tonight! – the facebook group ‘joan armatrading please dont play Israel’, in case anyone’s interested), and I seem to be unable to join it (I dont know, maybe it’s invite only or it’s just not public, I’m not sure), but I feel I should say a little more before anyone else has their say…

    <strong:First off, the facebook group comments on this article praising Joan’s Human rights record, follows by ‘ha’. The only comment on Joans human right’s record in the entire article is this:

    ‘Having grown up with a guitar in her hands in industrial Birmingham, the soulful blues-rock singer went on not only to make a series of popular albums, but also to play a prominent role in women’s rights and refugee activism along the way.’

    which is something I can safely assume you all agree with, given the fact that you’re offended by Joan Armatrading specifically (rather than musicians in general) going to Israel. Besides, it’s more information than praise.

    Secondly you’re not doing yourself any favors with the arguments above. They’re all throwaway comments, and just come across as armchair activism rather than any attempt to persuade people of your points.

    I don’t mean to be defensive, I just don’t think you’ve chosen a very good way to do this. sure, raise awareness, but in order to do that you’re going to need to explain why your objections are so strong in a better way (I’ll be the first to say my understanding isnt the best, but at the moment many of the comments come across as bordering on propaganda, even if they’re not intended to. There’s just not really a good explanation as to why you all feel this is important) – and secondly tell people how they can help, should they want to.

    If the aim isn’t to gain support, (as much as I’d love her to) I think it’s highly unlikely Joan herself will ever read this (or your facebook group, I’m afraid, guys). You’re going to need to do something that doesn’t involve just complaining on the Internet (sorry if that’s too blunt), but short messages on an Irish music magazine website aren’t going to change things. Or even win support unless you make a bit more of a case for those of us without so much awareness on this.

    Finally, don’t seek to vilify any comment on Joan’s human rights record you happen to stumble across. As the author, I’m certainly not offended by any of the above (I just think to make a big deal of the bit I’ve quoted is massively over sensitive to be honest), but I am interested. I’m sure if a few of you came back and made a good, rational case and explained to some of the people who read this site what you mean, you might raise a few people’s awareness. I’ll leave it up to you guys, but I hope you do come back and tell us a bit more. This is the kind of discussion we could also use a little more of…

  • Jin

    James, the Facebook group Joan Armatrading: Please Don’t Go to Israel is an open group. I am an admin of the group and I know you are not banned.

    All musicians and artists are encouraged to support the call by Palestinian people to boycott apartheid Israel.

    Joan wrote a song for Nelson Mandela and played it before him in 2000 at the LSE in London. Both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu have deplored the apartheid practised on the Palestinian people by Israel.

    To be consistent, Joan should support the boycott against Israel.

  • tracey tully

    Please Joan, don’t GO to ISRAEL. I got rid of all the fascist music in my collection and there wasn’t much left. To throw out all your albums as WELL would really hurt. I don’t want to be your enemy, but at some point, people have to stand up for what is right. And the Israeli death machine is ALL WRONG.

  • tracey tully

    @James
    Immortal Technique was scheduled to play in Israel as well, and he cancelled the gig two days ago, because of political pressure that originated on facebook. Joan may not go on Facebook or even read this article, but we will find a way to get word back to her, that a good chunk of her fans are NOT HAPPY and will stand for it. If she wants to go and play for Israel, well and good. But she will lose people of conscience, which is largely what her fanbase has always been made up of.

  • Thanks for coming back, guys, it’s good to see some more thorough explanations this morning… a suggestions for you – maybe the group should produce a form letter together with Joan’s (professional) address and offer it for download to be printed, signed and sent by group members and others interested? It could have far more of an impact, and you can be almost sure she’ll hear about it…

  • paxtime

    Gil Scott-Heron has now cancelled his planned apearance in Israel due to pressure from his fans mainly. He and Joan Armatrading gained iconic status for their poltical stances in defence of justice and human rights. Their fans have been most generous in their support over the years, Consequently these artists have also acquired a responsibility to continue to live up to the the principles that they have espoused publicly. BTW I’m thinking of starting a FB page entitled ‘Please do no use the term guys, when you mean people. It is bloody annoying and a lazy use of language.’

  • Jen

    Well, I quite like ‘guys’. Thanks, James Hendicott, for taking an interest in the topic raised here.
    Santana listened to people (guys?) like us too, by the way.

  • @paxtime that was the kind of explanation we needed at the start, to be honest. I’ll ignore the pedantic bit at the end, guy ;).

    @Jen I’m glad to hear people are listening to the fans, they should be. Like I said, I just wonder if Facebook or internet comments is the way to go, their often simply a collection of like minded individuals who actually do very little about what they believe in, but fair play if that’s not the case here. Good luck with the campaign, do come back and let us know if/when it succeeds.

  • Jin

    Facebook lobby groups, oddly enough, receive press. Thanks for your contribution 🙂

    They are also a useful way for people to coordinate action and distribute information on artists who perform all over the world.

    Folks who are searching for information on Joan Armatrading who intend going to one of her concerts will find our group, and can become mobilised as a result. This happened with the successful Gil Scott-Heron campaign.

    There’s synergy and support aplenty, friends to meet and make, and because campaigns are localised on one platform, there’s also continuity and readily available models for future actions.

  • Janet

    James Hendicott thanks for your encouragement in your last comment.

    Joan Armartrading, who has given time and energy to supporting vulnerable women in the past, should consider the siege of Gaza and its disproportionate effect on the the health of women and children. This includes a high rate of anemia, premature births and also stunted growth in children.

    Some of the items which have… at various times been banned by Israel are sanitary towels, hair conditioner, shampoo containing hair conditioner and clothes including shoes. More seriously Israel has restricted the import of batteries for hearing aids, braille paper and parts necessary to produce artificial limbs, all of which are needed more following the attacks on Gaza. Clearly this is about collective punishment of a civilian population and not security.

  • @Janet now that kind of stuff I didnt know. I’m starting to see an article here… do you have a few links to the info? I’ll give it a look and see if there’s a story to be pitched, perhaps not here (this site tends not to be very political), but there may be a few other places I can push one…

    @Jin I’m not sure I can claim any responsibility for press promotion at this stage, but see above – you never know :). Cheers:)

  • Jen

    So, who says it’s not worth putting comments on websites like this? Thanks, James, that would be excellent.
    You might start getting overwhelemd with information any moment now, though. Maybe Janet should carry on where she left off?
    Here’s a start, though:
    http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/2B74828D74985F67852576D9005AA5EE
    http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

  • Christina MacDonald

    James, your interest in Janet’s information and your willingness to forward that on is impressive. Also I know that you see your site as not a place for “political” stuff, but where musicians decide to play is political. Joan playing in Israel will give the Israeli state the image that it wants as a civilized cosmopolitan country. If Joan pulled out, she would be sending a powerful message that the siege on Gaza and the illegal settlements in the West Bank and the lack of rights of Palestinians living in Israel is not civilized or acceptable.

  • @Jen yeah, I see how I contradicted myself, there! This is certainly starting to look a far more newsworthy story than I thought it was at first glance. Thanks for the link. I think any story would have to be an all encompassing thing on Israel rather than aimed at Joan in particular to be publishable. And written in a fairly neutral, factual way, which could prove difficult. I’ll read everything anyone posts though and see how feasible it is :).

    @Christina McDonald I have to be clear and say that this isn’t actually my site, I’m just a writer here, and not even a member of the editorial team, of course I can pitch stories but the final say is certainly not mine. The only reason I’ve actually seen all this is the site auto forwards comments to the writers on their own articles. I can ask the editors if it’s something they’re interested in, but it would certainly be a departure for State. I do write for a handful of other magazines etc, though, so Ill see what I can do if you guys keep throwing hard facts at me :). Of course, you’re right, there’s very little in life that isn’t to some extent political, but State would rarely cover something this overtly so. Like I said, though, I’ll ask, and if not there are a few other options that might work. And thanks :).

    Also, I’m on my way out and don’t have time to look right now – Id really appreciate it if someone could tell me when the Israel gig is? (sorry, lazy I know, I’m mad busy this week). Obviously a big factor if there is going to be an article coming from this…

  • Jen

    JUNE/ISRAEL

    4/6/2010 Friday

    Shuni Fortress Amphitheater, Binyamin

    5/6/2010 Saturday

    Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv

    http://www.hadran.co.il

    And another thing…
    http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=266&Itemid=1

  • Jin

    Stories on the successful Gil Scott-Heron FB boycott action:

    http://jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com/2010/04/noam-sheizaf-teaches-left-abc-of-bds.html

    http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/04/gil-scott-heron-boycotts-tel-aviv-sends-powerful-message-to-israelis/

    Thanks for your support and involvement, James.

    There’s another FB group formed too which you and folks on the comments section here might be interested in too – Elvis Costello: Respect the Palestinian call to boycott Israel

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117120338312055

  • richie krueger

    I do not, for one minute, believe that Joan Armatrading would do a gig in a place, which has been illegally set up and where the settler leaders, of that place continue to pursue a genocidal policy toward the indigineous people of that same place, the Palestinians.
    Peace Joan, we know that you won’t be fooled by their seduction.

  • Jen

    What dou know? Elvis Costello’s cancelled his concerts. Maybe Joan will listen, too.

    http://www.elviscostello.com/news/it-is-after-cosiderable-contemplation/44

  • Shiva

    And Israel is the only democraic nation in the middle east that will allow artists play.

    All the above posters, fail to mention or choose to ignore the Hamas charter

    The Hamas charter (or covenant), issued in 1988, calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or nullification of Israel. Specifically, the quotation section that precedes the charter’s introduction provides the following quote, attributed to Imam Hassan al-Banna: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.

    The Charter also selectively quotes Islamic religious texts to provide justification for fighting against and killing Jews.

  • Shiva

    paxtime said:
    Gil Scott-Heron has now cancelled his planned apearance in Israel due to pressure from his fans mainly. He and Joan Armatrading gained iconic status for their poltical stances in defence of justice and human rights. Their fans have been most generous in their support over the years, Consequently these artists have also acquired a responsibility to continue to live up to the the principles that they have espoused publicly.

    If this was the case, then they would be performing in Israel

    As mentioned in my last post Israel is the only true democratic state in the middle east

    There have been 63 Arab members of the Knesset since the first Knesset elections in 1949, yet not one Jewish member of parliament in any of the 57 islamic states.

    Another reason to play

    A Hamas-led town council in the West Bank has banned outdoor music and dance performances planned as part of a summertime Palestinian festival.
    A Qalqilya council spokesman said it was partly to avoid damaging the grass.

    But he also said the council had been elected to protect the conservative values of the city, which included not approving of men and women mixing

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4641765.stm

    I lead a group of 26 musicians – we play traditional Palestinian music. But for the last two months we haven’t been able to work.

    This group, Hamas, believe they are the leaders of Islam. The violin, piano, flute, all these instruments are banned. Only the drum is allowed. They say any other instrument is not mentioned in the Koran.

    […] Hamas have already beaten one of my singers for singing for Fatah. He was attacked at the wedding where he went to perform.

    We had to send him to Israel for hospital treatment.

    http://www.yourish.com/2007/08/07/3520

    Why is music forbidden in islam?

    Muslims are aware that nothing has been prohibited by Allah except that which is harmful to the welfare of a Muslim individual and the society as a whole. The divine attribute behind the prohibition of music can be comprehended by looking into the diverse influence music can have.

    Experiments carried out by doctors and professors have confirmed that the music of today is such that it does not only affect the brain, but each and every organ of one`s body. There is a close relationship between music and bodily movements. We find that people listening to music automatically start tapping their fingers and feet, as if the music is permeating in their blood.

    It is also proved that music affect`s one`s emotions, increases arousal in terms of alertness and excitement and also leads to various physiological changes in the person. In a psychology experiment, it was found that listening to moderate type of music increased one`s normal heart beat, whilst listening to rock music the heart beat increased even further, yet people claim that music has no effect.

    It is a very ignorant and misguided attitude to percieve music as a form of pleasure and passing of time, since the messages of today`s music follow a general theme of love, fornication, drugs and freedom.

    We find that the whole world is obsessed with the kufr idea of freedom, i.e. freedom of speech, freedom of movement, etc. In modern schools and universities, we observe independence, free expression and secular thinking being encouraged. This idea of freedom, “ It`s my life, I`ll do what I want” is a predominant, underlying theme of today`s music. It is being used as a means for drilling those modern ideologies that are totally contrary to Islamic Shariah and values, into the minds of Muslims.

    References within the context of the Holy Quran along with the Hadith of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) confirm that music is haraam. Interpreters of the Qur’an have defined the term `lahwal hadith` which is mentioned in the Qur’an as:

    #) Singing and listening to songs.
    #) Purchasing of male and female singers.
    #) Purchase of instruments of fun and amusement.

    When Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas`ood (Allah be pleased with him), a very close companion of our Prophet (Peace be upon him) was asked about the meaning of the term `lahwal hadith`, he replied:
    “I swear by Him besides whom there is no other God, that it refers to ghinaa (singing).”

    This statement, he repeated three times. This view is unanimously supported by the four Khalifas, the eminent Sahabaah, Tabi`een, the four Imaams and other reliable Islaamic scholars and authorities.

    One hadith from the Bukhari Shareef, the most authentic Book of Hadith, further confirms unlawfulness of music and singing:
    “There will be people of my Ummah who will seek to make lawful; fornication, wine-drinking and the use of ma`aazif (musical instruments).”

    Detailed analysis of the arabic word `ma`aazif ` shows that it refers to musical instruments, the sounds of those musical instruments and singing with the accompaniment of instruments.

  • Jen

    Hi Shiva,

    I agree that the incidents you’ve described and the quotes are worrying in my personal pretty repulsive. And actually if peruse certain right wing Israeli/pro-Israel media you can find equally bigoted stuff to throw back. I don’t these views reflect those of the majority on either side and it doesn’t forward the argumnet just to quote the worst.
    But we’re not campaigning for Hamas. We’re campaigning for Palestinian rights – for justice, the right to return, the right to determine their own future etc. It’s not our place to say what they should do with their freedom.
    You must know that Palestinians now live on only 12% of the land that was theirs, have no control over their borders, that children are imprisoned, peaceful protesters shot – the list of outrages since 1947 is too long to set out here. Do you think what’s happened over the last 63 years is all justified just because you don’t like Hamas?
    By the way, Hamas was democratically elected in 2006 and did offer a ten year truce in return for a negotiated settlement which would involve an acceptance of the 67 borders.
    People arguing for Israel always portray her as a democratic state (though I’m not sure why being democratic justfies such terrible attacks on one’s neighbours), but for the 20% of their population who are Palestinians (‘Israeli Arabs’), it is not democratic, far less is sspent on thier education, they have the right to vote but their parties are banned, the loyalty law has beeen introduced, it is extremely difficult for them to buy or rent property outside certain areas.
    Watch this video:

    I would be interested to know (really)what you feel about the way Palestinians are treated. Do you really believe a non-violent campaign of boycott and sanctions is morally unjustified?

  • C’mon now lads. This has got nothing to do with Joan Armstrong at Vicar Street at this stage…

  • Shiva

    Sean C

    You are quite right, but unfortunatly the thread has be invade by a anti-Semitic group that are pressuring artists with their anti semitic demands, so I take the opportunity to present the other side of the coin, and I must thank James Hendicott for allowing my above comment.

    As the above poster mentions, Hamas was voted in democratically, therefore endorsing genocide of the jews, as called for in the Hamas charter.

    Also the above poster mentions that offered a ten year truce (Hudna),

    Let’s start with a definition of the word “Hudna” is often translated as “truce”. This comes from the Encyclopedia of Islam:

    HUDNA, abstract noun from the root h.d.n. with the sense of “calm”, “peace”. Other terms which have the same meaning are muwada’a, musalaha, musalama, and mutaraka, the general meaning of which in Islamic law is the abstention of the parties concerned from hostilities against each other. The process of entering into a peace agreement with the enemy is called muhadana or muwada’a, but the instrument of peace is hudna (peace agreement).

    In Sacred Law truce means a peace treaty with those hostile to Islam, involving a cessation of fighting for a specified period, whether for payment or something else.

    … Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel, or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim …

    So we see that in Islam, a “truce” does not mean a state of peace as those in the West would understand it. Rather it means a cessation of hostilities that might lead to a longer lasting peace if it so suits both parties. In an Islamic truce both sides will be free to regroup and rearm for the next battle. When the truce expires the sides will be free to go back to killing each other. A “truce” in Islam is not a negotiated peace wherein both sides intend to live in peace from there on out and try to work out things non-violently. It is like more like the off-season in football; they aren’t battling on the field, but they are preparing for the next season of war.

    When Yassir Arafat infamously invoked Mohammad’s hudna in 1994 to describe his own Oslo commitments “on the road to Jerusalem,” the implication was clear. Arafat was asserting to his Islamic brethren that he will, “when his circumstances change for the better, take advantage of some technicality to tear up existing accords and launch a military assault on Israel.” Indeed, this is precisely what occurred in Sept. 2000 when Arafat & Co. launched a terror assault upon Israeli citizens.

    As for Hamas, they have proven time and again their commitment to a tactical hudna — replenishing their strength during the quiet periods, then returning with increased deadliness. As recently documented by The Washington Institute, Hamas agreed to no less than ten ceasefires in the past ten years, and after every single one returned freshly armed for terror. Hundreds of Israeli citizens have paid for these hudnas with their lives.

  • Shiva

    Interestingly the same anti-semitic pressure groups are calling on Elton John to cancel his concert

    Elton John is scheduled to perform a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel in June..

    It’s funny. Supporters of those who would conduct the beheading execution of the gay Elton John (because he’s gay) in a heartbeat, are now telling him he should cancel his concert in the gay-friendliest country and city in the world.

    So, it’s kinda funny–not to mention hypocritical–when these anti-Israel group cites John’s funding of AIDS research as some sort of reason not to play in Israel. Um, Israel is at the forefront of AIDS (and cancer) research. How much AIDS research do ya think they’re doing in Gaza City, Tul Qarem, or Ramallah, where being Elton John is punishable by death?

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Israel are considered the most developed in the Middle East.

    Israel also has one of the highest percentages of support for same-sex marriage in the world, with 61% of Israelis supporting civil marriage for same-sex couples.

    In most other Middle Eastern countries homosexuality is illegal, often punishable by flogging and even hanging. Israel was the first country in Asia where homosexuals were protected by anti-discrimination laws, and remains the only country in the Middle East to provide such legal protection.

    Some LGBT Palestinians have relocated to Israel, often fleeing harsh intolerance that includes physical abuse, death, or disownment. Significant expatriate groups exist in Tel Aviv and Netanya, where many live with their Israeli same-sex partners who help keep their presence in Israel hidden from the police (who would pursue them not for their sexual orientation, but for staying illegally in the country).

    A 19-year-old runaway stated in an interview with Israeli television that he had been pressured by the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades to become a suicide bomber in order to “purge his moral guilt,” although he had refused.

  • Shiva

    Sorry folks, I am aware that this site is devoted to music, but all music fans should be concerned about what islam and sharia has to say about music.

    It is haram (prohibited) to listen to music

    http://www.mathabah.org/General-Counsel/is-it-haram-prohibited-to-listen-to-music.html

  • I enjoyed Joan Armatrading’s over many years, but as of this moment, in the absence of reports to the contrary, I can only assume she played in Apartheid Israel.

    I could not be more disgusted.

    Shame on you Joan. You have to live with the face in the mirror. Friends of justice and freedom will look away in disgust.

    How could you play this week Ms Armatrading – this week of all weeks? The week Israel attacked the Gaza Peace Flotilla – and the anniversay week of Israel’s vicious attack on the USS Liberty?

    In sadness,

    An ex-fan

  • Please don’t ever say – Ms Armatrading – that we didn’t plead with you beforehand not to support Apartehid Israel.

    You know we did – see The Crumbling of Apartheid’s ‘Unshakeable Foundations’ for just one example among many of appeals that really shouldn;t be necessary to someone such as you.

    And to the people who claim comments such as mine are ‘anti-Semitic’… get a life. I’m no more ‘anti-Semitic’ than I was ‘anti-Boer’ in the 1970s.

    What part of “We want an end to Apartheid” don’t you understand?

    At least Bob Dylan has the excuse that he’s joined a nutty Orthodox Jewish sect. What’s Joan’s excuse?

    How many pieces of silver was it worth?

  • joanite

    it saddens and sickens me to read the comment about israel on this site. as a beacon to the world, one that has a democratically elected government, an independent judicial system and a history of humanitarian aid around the world, these uninformed comments are ludicrous. for those of you who have never stepped foot on the land, you are particularily uninformed.

    joan is an icon in the world, not just the music world. i support her decision and independence to play her beautiful music in the beautiful land of israel.