Creatives, like everybody else, come in three broad types, as is beautifully illustrated by this account of Spandaucreative intelligence stones water Ballet’s appearance at Live Aid by Gary Kemp:

“Live Aid was…the highest point of that golden age of British pop music. I don’t actually remember our performance, just the bits around it, like seeing Pete Townshend, David Bowie, all these extraordinary people.

I thought I’d speak to Bowie,  but he didn’t know who the fuck I was. I got in his way at the bar. I introduced myself and he gave me one of those looks that suggested I was stepping too close to his radar.

Meanwhile, I was drooling over Pete Townshend. He told me to follow him up on stage to stand on the side and watch…. Then I got a tap on the shoulder. It was Paul McCartney. He said he thought we’d done a great gig and gave me the thumbs up.

….Others were better at pushing themselves forward. Bono was no fan of anyone; he just went straight to centre stage — George Michael, too.

Still I was thrilled to be part of that rock dream. I, a working class lad from Islington…”

Which kind is closest to you? Kemp (follower/fan)? McCartney or Townsend (facilitator/partner)? Bono or Michael (leader/star)?

From My Greatest Moment. The Guardian 6.8.2010.

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