Hit & Run

On Not Getting Fooled Again


NME is the latest to base a story on Pete Townshend's July 7 diary posting about Michael Moore. Seems that Moore had wanted to use Won't Get Fooled Again in his latest movie; Townshend (who "had not really been convinced by Bowling for Columbine") said no. Moore's been telling interviewers a self-serving version of the story, to which Townshend replies, "I greatly resent being bullied and slurred by [Moore] in interviews just because he didn?t get what he wanted from me. It seems to me that this aspect of his nature is not unlike that of the powerful and wilful man at the centre of his new documentary."

Townshend also reminds readers that "WGFA is not an unconditionally anti-war song, or a song for or against revolution. It actually questions the heart of democracy: we vote heartily for leaders who we subsequently always seem to find wanting."

As for Moore, "he?ll have to work very, very hard to convince me that a man with a camera is going to change the world more effectively than a man with a guitar."