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Elvis Costello Bails on Free Trip to Israel

Elvis Costello is bailing out on shows planned in Israel this summer. From The Forward: “It is a matter of instinct and conscience,” Costello wrote.   "In a lengthy explanation he provided, the rock musician said that merely having his … Read More

By / May 18, 2010

Elvis Costello is bailing out on shows planned in Israel this summer. From The Forward:

“It is a matter of instinct and conscience,” Costello wrote.

 

"In a lengthy explanation he provided, the rock musician said that merely having his name added to those appearing in Israel this summer “may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”

I wonder how Costello found this "conscience?"  Was he visited in his sleep by ghosts of good musicians past who threatened boycotts against him? Because he didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with playing Israel before…