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“People Need a Short, Sharp Shock”

Sinead O’Connor sings Bob Marley’s ‘War’ live at the Bob Dylan Tribute a the 30th anniversary (1992) Concert at Madison Square Gaarden, after she ripped up a photo of the pope on Saturday Night Live…

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TM: But if you want to get your message across, isn’t there a way to
do it without offending people?

Sinead: There’s no way to tell people this truth without having them be
poff. The fact is that people are asleep. They need a short, sharp
shock. They need that to make them stand up and listen. What happened at
the Bob Dylan show is proof.

TM: Were you surprised when they booed you at the Bob Dylan concert
in New York City’s Madison Square Garden two weeks after you ripped up
the Pope’s picture?

Sinead: Don’t forget that half of them were cheering.

TM: So why did you sing the Bob Marley song you had performed when
you tore up the Pope’s picture instead of doing the Dylan song you had
originally planned to do?

Sinead: In some ways I wish I had. But I’ve already recorded the song,
and I already know what it means to me. I mean, he was my inspiration
when I was growing up. But whatever I felt and what Bob Dylan symbolized
had gone. What occurred to me in those seconds was that if this audience
felt like this, then they hadn’t actually listened to what Bob Dylan
said, they didn’t actually get it. These are the people who supposedly
believed in Bob Dylan, but they’ve fallen asleep. And this is proved by
the fact that himself, their figurehead, fell asleep. Bob Dylan went
onstage after that had happened to another artist.

TM: Did he say anything to you after the concert?

Sinead: That I should keep on doing what I’m doing. But it’s no good
saying that to me. Why doesn’t he say it to them? I mean, why doesn’t he
take his responsibility? So what I learned from that was that they have
control of the music business too. Look who gets their records played
and who doesn’t. Look at who is honored and who isn’t.

Extract from TIME magazine’s interview with Sinead O’Connor, published 9 November 1992 (page 78)

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