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陳牛 | 18-Aug-09 | 大千世界 | (89 Reads)

捷克有支樂隊叫"The Plastic People of the Universe",譯成中文就是「宇宙膠人」。他們有首歌的歌詞翻譯成英文是這樣的--千萬別問我捷克文,我他媽也不懂:

They're afraid of the old for their memory.
They're afraid of the young for their ideas - ideals.
They're afraid of funerals - of flowers - of workers -
of churches - of party members - of good times.
They're afraid of art - they're afraid of art.
They're afraid of language - communication.
They're afraid of theater.
They're afraid of film - of Pasolini - of God/dard.
of painters - of musicians - of stones and sculptors.

They're afraid.
They're afraid of radio stations.
They're afraid of technology, free float form of information.
Paris Match - Telex - Guttenburg - Xerox - IBM - wave lengths.
They're afraid of telephones.
They're afraid.
They're afraid to let the people in.
They're afraid to let the people out.
They're afraid of the left.
They're afraid of the right.
They're afraid of the sudden departure of Soviet troops - of change in Moscow -
of facing the strange - of spies - of counterspies.
They're afraid.
They're afraid of their own police.
They're afraid of guitar players.
They're afraid of athletes - of Olympics - of the Olympic spirit - of saints -
of the innocence of children.
They're afraid.
They're afraid of political prisoners.
They're afraid of prisoners families - of conscience - of science.
They're afraid of the future.
They're afraid of tomorrow's morning.
They're afraid of tomorrow's evening.
They're afraid of tomorrow.
They're afraid of the future.
They're afraid of stratocasters - of telecasters.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll.
What does he mean, even rock bands? Even rock bands?
Rock bands more than anybody else suffer from political repression.
They're afraid.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll - of telecasters - of stratocasters
- of old age - in the streets - behind the locked doors.
They're afraid of what they've written - of what they've said -
of fire - of water - of wind - of slow - of snow - of love - excretion.
They're afraid of noise - of peace - of silence - of grief - of joy - of language
- of laughter - of pornography - of honest and upright - they're uptight.

They're afraid of lone and learn and learned people.
They're afraid of human rights and Karl Marx and raw power.
They're afraid of socialism.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll.
They're afraid of rock 'n' roll.

And why the hell are we afraid of them?

極權統治的其中一種方式就是製造恐懼。在恐懼之下,人民只好屈服於極權或服從政權的種種自作主張的安排,不敢有別的想法。這種恐懼一是來自極權本身,他們揮舞著棒子張牙舞爪,比如文字獄;一是由極權虛構或誇大的恐怖幻象,他們恐嚇你外面的世界有多可怕,比如誇大某種流行疾病的殺傷力。

事實上,極權自身也常常對各種事物產生恐懼,他們企圖監視和控制所有事情,因為他們害怕有東西一旦脫離了他們的控制,就會成為顛覆他們的力量。

正如對抗病魔首要的是戰勝對病魔的恐懼,對抗極權首要的也是戰勝恐懼。據說捷克共產政權的最終倒台,與這支叫做宇宙膠人的樂隊有些關係--他們的被捕促成了七七憲章的誕生。由此看來,「他們」害怕搖滾似乎是有道理的,但我看到的是,搖滾之所以能產生力量,就是因為「他們」的害怕。「他們」害怕搖滾不是因為搖滾有顛覆性的力量,而是因為搖滾能讓人戰勝恐懼。

據說「宇宙膠人」其實無意成為異見份子,他們只是想玩搖滾。

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[tags]極權,音樂,捷克,搖滾[/tags]