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“The stars look so special and the snow looks so old” July 6, 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very happy birthday to the Dalai Lama today as he turns 75. If only he could celebrate it with the gift of a free Tibet. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet and has so far spent 50 years in exile, courtesy of the Chinese authorities. Click here to send your support and birthday wishes. Many people hope that Tibet will be free within his lifetime, that’s a wonderful thought, but personally I believe that China will hold out much much longer. China invaded Tibet 60 years ago in 1950 and the 14th Dalai Lama eventually fled to Northern India in 1959.

The first Free Tibet music concert was held in San Francisco in 1996 and featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, Cibo Matto, Rage Against The Machine and De La Soul. The main aim was to raise awareness of the plight of Tibet among younger people, but it also raised $800k for Tibetan justice causes. More than 100,000 people attended the first show. Among the biggest supporters of the Free Tibet campaign in the music world have been the Beastie Boys. As recently as last year the Chinese government prevented Oasis from playing in China because Noel Gallagher had played a Tibet benefit some years before. Bjork caused the Chinese some problems and is unlikely to be welcomed back after chanting Tibet, Tibet at the end of her song ‘Declare Independence’ at a show in Shanghai in 2008

Anthony Kiedis off of the Red Hot Chili Peppers met the Dalai Lama on a trip to India in 1996 and has a wonderfully comic description of that meeting in his autobiography.

This video is Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood performing ‘Exit Music’ at a Free Tibet concert

Bjork sings “Declare Independence” and shows the Tibetan flag

I will close this post with David Bowie’s excellent “Seven Years In Tibet” Alternatively you can hear the Mandarin version of the song by clicking here


5 Responses to ““The stars look so special and the snow looks so old””

  1. Andy Says:

    Just finished reading the Anthony Kiedis book. His Dalai Lama encounter is indeed very funny – and the great man finished off by saying to AK something like – please make sure you play any concerts for Tibet which Pearl Jam ask you to do.
    Terrific book, mind, and the sad tale of a terrible heroin addiction.

    I see he’s working not only on the Chili Peppers new album, but also with HBO on a John Sayles scripted TV series called “Spider and Son” based on his early life and in particular his relationship with his dad.


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      just catching up on the comments. I thought his book was one of the best rock biogs I have evere read. Ian Hunters Diary Of A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star is probably my favourite though

      Kiedis did have quite a strange upbringing, I think his Dad was an extreme liberal


  2. Catherine Says:

    Great blog! I just love the Dalai Lama – he always looks so fantastically happy and peaceful.

    I don’t know much about music but I do know that what has gone on in Tibet since the Chinese invaded is nothing less than genocide.

    I for one am looking forward to the day that the rest of the world wakes up to what the Chinese have done and starts putting it right.


  3. Andy Says:

    “I for one am looking forward to the day that the rest of the world wakes up to what the Chinese have done and starts putting it right.”
    Hmm, well if practically every single major firm stopped their current practice of having their goods manufactured over there extremely cheaply then … err, no – that’s not at all likely. How about Google growing some balls and making sure the Chinese population have uncensored internet access … err, no. How about when we offer the Chinese the Olympics we make sure that they live up to their promises of better human rights, or do it on condition they stop their rape of Tibet? Nah. China is a gargantuan commercial gold mine and so it has the rest of the world by the balls and can do pretty much do what it wants.
    If you want to do your bit check everything you fancy buying and if says “Made in China” on the label then resist.


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Yeah I agree with you on Google and indeed other corporates developing some balls. I do check where things are manufactured or produced and the two key countries on my don’t buy hit list are China and Israel. I don’t always get it right, but I do try!


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