Monday, August 4, 2008

First Sir Elton, then Sir Paul ... maybe Sir Mick?

I was sitting around with some friends on Saturday night, talking about a number of things including music and life and a whole lot of other things thrown in. Somewhere in the conversation there was mention that word out in industry circles is that not too long ago Viktor Pinchuk, who has become a somewhat of a philanthropist in the past little while, had met with either management of, or personally with Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger.

Could this be a precursor that Sir Mick will be in Kyiv sometime in June of next year? I guess we will have to just wait and see. But if this is the case, then this will be the third rumor related to Viktor Pinchuk that I have heard related to music, that will have came to fruition.


  1. You know, Vasyl, something really bothers me about these high-profile concerts of Pinchuk's.

    I have nothing against them per se. After all, I grew up on the Beatles, Stones, and Elton, and still listen to and love them.

    But it would be nice if maybe he encouraged the development of a real Ukrainian music genre. I don't mean western wannabes singing in Ukrainian and/or copycats who (w)rap themselves in the Ukrainian flag. When I listen to music I like authenticity, thankyouverymuch. (I don't think I'm alone in that either).

    Sure, if I were in Kyiv I'd like to go and see the Elton or Paul or Mick. But what message is doing that on a consistent (and exclusive) basis sending to a fledgling nation?

    Especially when there are so many great Ukrainian acts whose music could be exported (profitably I might add, if done with some passion) as well as celebrated at home...

  2. Pawlina,

    I don't know if you recall my post of June 14th, the day that Paul McCartney was in town, entitled You say you want a revolution, but in it I recounted a number of reasons why I wouldn't be attending Sir Paul's concert.

    Pinchuk, is trying to show himself off as someone who is so good, but we all know how much he stole during his "father-in-law's" period of power in Ukraine.

    There are too many copycats, everywhere! In fact that Sir Paul started waving the Ukrainian flag at the concert, kind of made me sick! It is now 17 years since the falling of the SU, and its so easy to beat one's chest and mimic interest in a country's national pride.

    People, who have come here since after the Orange (R)evolution either to work, or to visit have no idea of what it was like. Either for musicians who tried to make headway and knew who they were, or working in the NGO or journalistic sector.

    The export of Ukrainian music is a still a dream of mine which I will somehow realize, but as we all know, you need money to make money, or have some people you can turn to who have the same vision.

  3. Yes indeed, Vasyl, I do recall that post. I have a feeling that if I were living in Kyiv, you and I would find little to disagree on. :-)

    Re Ukrainian music, you and I share a similar passion and vision of what could be. It's too bad the people who have the resources to make it happen don't.