Can We Separate the Art From the Artist?
The tension created from an artists personal endeavors and their art has created an issue for troubled listeners around the world for many decades. If an artist has done terrible things, can you separate that from the art that they’ve put into the world? And with that can you listen to them guilt free?
I recently was looking through an article about rock artists from the 70s and 80s who would manipulate underage girls. Some of the biggest names were Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, and more. When I heard about this I was faced with a problem. I absolutely love some of these artists, but am I still going to listen to them. As I tried and failed to listen to their music, I could not separate them.
Some people have held the belief that you can separate them. What they did isn’t in their music, so why would it mean that someone couldn’t listen to them? This issue with that is that it isn’t about not listening to them or not. It’s about the feeling you get about that person after you find out about what they’ve done. I think it’s more about where your morals lie and how that person either passes, or violates them. But to say that you can separate them isn’t true. When an artist creates a piece of art, they put their all into it. Their experiences, their life, and who they are overall.