"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Wired JANUARY 9, 2008 - by Bruce Sterling
MEANWHILE, BRIAN ENO BECOMES A POLITICAL ADVISOR
Brian Eno (or "Eno" as friends call him) has not always chosen his colleagues wisely. U2, Coldplay, Paul Simon: any discerning record shop would shelve these artistes under "crock music", yet Mr Eno (or "Brian" as some Americans call him) has worked with them all. (((What the hell kind of narrative hook is THAT?! Those are some of the biggest iconic musicians of the Twentieth Century, not to mention that U2 are so rich even Gates takes them seriously.)))
His latest collaborator is perhaps the most head-scratching of all. Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems' new leader and one of Westminster's jeunesse dorée, has appointed him his adviser on youth affairs.
It is not unusual for a politician to cadge some cred from a popstar. (((Or marry one.))) Oasis' Noel Gallagher visited Tony Blair at Number 10, and Tony Hadley (yes, the horsey-looking one out of Spandau Ballet) has gone so far as to meet Michael Howard. In this instance, however, the parliamentarian is twenty years younger than the pop musician, who becomes eligible this year for a free bus pass. (((That's because Eno is a wise old man... nay, a very guru.)))
The precise nature of Mr Eno's role is yet to be disclosed (the pop star "has some thoughts" is as far as Mr Clegg's spokesperson was willing to venture). Still, the former Roxy Musician is bound to have some interesting ideas... (((Boy, I'll say.)))