Sid Vicious, (born John Simon Ritchie), bassist for the Sex Pistols and infamous pop culture icon, would have celebrated his Birthday today, if he had not died in 1979. May 10th is also the Birthday of Sixties Pop Guru, Donovan (born in 1946) and some guy named Paul Hewson (born in 1960), who sings and pontificates for the band U2. Happy Birthday, guys!
I just read an excellent article on U2’s Bono in Harp Magazine in which journalist Mark Kemp takes on the superstar rock vocalist and humanitarian of questionable motivation.
My favorite revelation:
“While Bono has self-righteously badgered world leaders into using citizens’ tax money to fund debt-relief efforts (a perfectly good and noble cause), he and his band have taken aggressive measures to avoid paying taxes themselves. Around the same time (Paul) Hewson hooked up with Forbes, U2 decided to move part of its multi-million-dollar business from its home base of Ireland to the Netherlands, where the tax rate on royalty earnings is minimal.”
Gee wiz, that a hypocritical poser.