Godspeed You! Black Emperor的北极星奖得奖声明

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor凭借2012年的回归之作《Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!》毫无悬念地获得今年加拿大北极星音乐奖。获奖后他们没有参加颁奖典礼,反而在所属厂牌CONSTELLATION上发表得奖声明一篇。他们希望此文传播得越快越远越好。并决定将奖金3万美金捐助给想要学习乐器的服刑犯。GYBE指出的是相当严肃的问题,而我们国家创作音乐的环境或许比加拿大更恶劣。

关于北极星音乐奖这件事的一些话

你好加拿大。
你好加拿大的乐评人。

感谢提名,感谢这个奖——当我们在焦头烂额的祖国总是感到孤立无援的时候,获得其认可感觉很棒。向所有写过本土乐队的人、嘹亮地吹响了号角的人致敬——因为这号声极为关键、必要、重要。

尤其要把敬意献给自由职业者,因为从事自由职业是一场他妈艰难的演出,差不多我们中的所有人现在都是自由职业,不是吗?不停跌倒爬起来在这个艰难的时代横冲直撞?

所以,是的,我们感激不尽。是的,我们要谦虚,我们要羞于抱怨,因为我们获得了认可——但是天啊上帝啊——如今我们已经在非主流文化边缘耕耘了差不多20年,而“这景象非常酷,但真正需要的是一场颁奖秀”这种念头从未闪过我们的脑海。

或许几乎所有人都会同意的3个简短要点:

-在紧衣缩食经济指标下降的年代举办一场庆典是一件很奇怪的事情。

-组织一场庆典于是音乐人可以为了一张对真正的音乐理想帮不上忙的低额支票互相争斗。

-叫丰田汽车帮忙填补庆典帐单,在这个整个夏天都在互联网上直播北极冰帽融化的地方,真他妈疯了,当下恐怖的萧条期来了位音盲。

对所有人来说这都是艰难时期,音乐人的那点忧虑在急待处理事宜清单上排得相当低,但是,但是!如果这个奖项和组织的初衷是以除了来快钱之外的其它某个名义表彰音乐成果,那或许下一场庆祝会应该在一个糟糕一点的场馆举行,没有公司横幅和文化巨头。或许是一场长期延期的派对——享受悬而未决的感觉一定很棒,什么时候某某地方的目标不只是闲钱了,赞它一下。

把钱给孩子,让他们举办他们自己的该死派对;把钱给老人,让他们尝试作曲,尽管……;但是让那些MV明星从兜里把政府文化资金拿出来再去和那些无足轻重的中产阶层打交道吧。

我们将用这些钱创办一个项目,让需要乐器的魁北克犯人能够拥有乐器……

阿门,阿门。

抱歉打扰,
我们非常爱你们/我们的国家很操蛋,
xoxoxox

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

原文如下:

A FEW WORDS REGARDING THIS POLARIS PRIZE THING

hello kanada.
hello kanadian music-writers.

thanks for the nomination thanks for the prize- it feels nice to be acknowledged by the Troubled Motherland when we so often feel orphaned here. and much respect for all y’all who write about local bands, who blow that horn loudly- because that trumpeting is crucial and necessary and important.

and much respect to the freelancers especially, because freelancing is a hard fucking gig, and almost all of us are freelancers now, right? falling and scrambling and hustling through these difficult times?

so yes, we are grateful, and yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we’ve been acknowledged thusly- BUT HOLY SHIT AND HOLY COW- we’ve been plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years now, and “this scene is pretty cool but what it really fucking needs is an awards show” is not a thought that’s ever crossed our minds.

3 quick bullet-points that almost anybody could agree on maybe=

-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.

-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.

-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.

these are hard times for everybody. and musicians’ blues are pretty low on the list of things in need of urgent correction BUT AND BUT if the point of this prize and party is acknowledging music-labor performed in the name of something other than quick money, well then maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlords. and maybe a party thusly is long overdue- it would be truly nice to enjoy that hang, somewhere sometime where the point wasn’t just lazy money patting itself on the back.

give the money to the kids let ‘em put on their own goddamn parties, give the money to the olds and let them try to write opuses in spite of, but let the muchmusic videostars fight it out in the inconsequential middle, without gov’t. culture-money in their pockets.

us we’re gonna use the money to try to set up a program so that prisoners in quebec have musical instruments if they need them…

amen and amen.

apologies for being such bores,
we love you so much / our country is fucked,
xoxoxox
godspeed you! black emperor

同时参见无解网:Godspeed You! Black Emperor在赢得2013年Polaris Music Prize之后的“获奖感言”

补充个人看法

补充个人看法。要说明的是GYBE的行为不是高贵冷艳,他们也不是在搞慈善。不去领奖,不在颁奖典礼上演出,把3万元钱捐献出来,再到发表这样一篇声明作为获奖感言,他们是在以实际行动拒绝社会怪象。在GYBE睡巡演大巴、穷得叮当响的时候,谁捐过钱给他们吗?没有。他们这群人组了那么多乐队,做了那么多好音乐,获得过国家资助吗?发财了吗?获得主流媒体关注了吗?没有。都是些音乐爱好者在一路支持他们,在听众那里口口相传。相传北极星音乐奖的创办是为了扶持加拿大的独立音乐人,但他们目前把更多资金投入到举办豪华颁奖典礼,请艺术家给每张专辑画插话然后贩卖,组织各种活动,制造新闻。为了获取足够吸引力,这些事情好像是必要的,但是他们投到真正音乐创作上的钱是多少?3万?GYBE那么多人,一人几千块,象征性质。北极星能推动专辑销量吗?好像也不行。好像北极星还需要音乐人的影响力来带动它。一年选一张年度专辑也是傻逼行为。还有每年的短名单专辑合辑。arcade fire曾经因为不愿意把自己的歌放入合辑而退出过评选。有音乐人从这件事情中获得帮助了吗?没有。如果一个奖项真的要对音乐有贡献,那就应该致力于挖掘新音乐人,推荐好音乐。各种年度评选可能更好一些。而且不需要典礼。不要因为有利可图才去做一件事情。GYBE是理想主义者。他们反抗的不仅是加拿大政府。他们在反抗以牟利为核心的经济指挥棒插入他们的音乐之泉中乱搅。音乐首先就不应该停留在消费品这个层次上。

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