Societies need heroes. So we travel to places where the revisionists cannot dismantle the great.
We take from the art of the past what we need. The variable posthumous reputations of even the greatest artists and the unpredictable revivals of interest in even the most obscure ones tend to reveal more about those who make revisionist assessments than about those who are being reassessed.
Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history - revisionist historians is what I like to call them.
It is a long revisionist road up from the bottom for George W. Bush. He is ranked toward the bottom rung of presidents.
But as a German - and I am German-born - we Germans are condemned once again to be radical revisionists.
You know, many people have called me, friends from the nationalist camp, revisionists and so on, from around the world, have called me over the years - and now again because of what happened - and they are all very cynical about the police and the authorities.
We can be revisionist, and that's a good thing to be at times, but we shouldn't airbrush our history, so we can only make judgments in the objective conditions of that time.
I think a lot of musicians play for the playback. I mean, that's the joy of recording - you want to hear what you've done and what you've contributed - but never listening to that playback kind of removes the intellectual part of making music, and it removes the tendency to be revisionist.
He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.
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