Sonntag, 5. Juni 2011

No Nazis in Berlin 1964 either -- more of Clinton Heylin's uncalled-for anti-German "propaganda" and sloppy "research"

As a German, I feel increasingly angered that Clinton Heylin (or his editor) seems to be somewhat "obsessed" with Germans being equal to "Nazis" or "neo-Nazis".

Besides the definitely non-existing "neo-Nazis" at Dylan's 1978 Nuremberg concert, why does Heylin have to describe Dylan's hardly documented private trip to Berlin in 1964 in such a way?

"Availing himself of Hoffenburg's hospitality, Dylan spent a day looking for Nazis in West Berlin and, not finding any, concluded they'd all moved to Arlington"
(p. 157 of the "20th Anniversary Edition" 
of Behind the Shades )

There's nothing about Dylan "looking for Nazis in West Berlin" in the (rather few) sources documenting this trip, like the one quoted at ... licks.html
-- once again, it seems to spring SOLELY from Heylin's or his editor's (more than a little twisted) imagination and amounts to outright racist and uncalled-for anti-German "propaganda" Clinton (or his editor) obviously added to make his book sell better with UK and US readers accustomed to the Nazi-image of Germans.

Definition of "propaganda" (from Wikipedia):
"Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position so as to benefit oneself.
As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented."
And Heylin (or his editor) clearly ADDED these uncalled-for anti-German slurs, which were NOT PRESENT in neither the 1988 edition of  Stolen Moments (p. 54), nor the 1996 edition of A Life in Stolen Moments (p. 60), whereas Mason Hoffenberg is consistently misspelt in all of these editions -- sloppy research by Heylin we have (by now) become accustomed to and which could have been definitely remedied by something as simple as a Google search....

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