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I am an Alan Moore fan, not a The Enid fan; in fact, I had never even heard of the band until I saw a Facebook post announcing Alan Moore's guest appearance at the show. I booked a ticket because I wished to see my idol and had never come across any other opportunity.
Those of you who said his performance was too different to the rest of the show to fit well are correct... but so too was the short organ solo, which no-one has commented on so far. And I do not feel that doing something jarringly different was a wrong move, but done to be bold/radical... and surely that is admirable?
However, I do take strong exception to the views that the content was inappropriate to the audience; adults take children to any (adult-oriented) rock show at their own risk.... and frankly why should /anyone/ be shielded from challenging content? Some of the poem included matter-of-fact content, but "TubaTim" particularly is wrong to call it "explicit":
TubaTim wrote:For any organisation to force this explicit content on an audience who were mostly not expecting it (there was no clear prior warning that such adult material would be presented, and no organised option to avoid it for those who deemed it inappropriate), I feel is incredibly selfish on their part, and shows contempt for the feelings of the more innocent members of the audience. In fact, it seems to me bordeline criminality to expose minors to explicit sexual material of this nature.
I have reread the poem to check my recollection. It is a piece of social history (with a bias, granted), presented in the form of an epic love poem. Surely, there is no /contempt/ for people's feelings, but respect instead that the audience is grown-up enough to receive what it hears.
As a visitor to the band, what I found offensive was the sheer number of people talking through the band's performance (interestingly, not through the poetry reading), which greatly hindered my first opportunity to appreciate the music.
PS dillinger, yes, I think you are missing something; one doesn't need to be subject to social prejudices to appreciate (and be able to write about) the effects and consequences, etc. Moore has frequently written about all sorts of social issues, but that doesn't mean he has experienced them all; he has a deep empathy with passions, stigmas and struggles faced by anyone. (BTW, I too am married - to a man - and have a child... but I'm not straight and never have been; Moore's first wife certainly wasn't, and it would surprise me to find that his current wife was straight.)