mardi, août 30, 2005

Andreas Grassi a.k.a Piano Man

It turns out that the mysterious piano man is Andreas Grassi, a young man disillusioned with society's refusal to allow him to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. Read his story here.

The man who it was claimed could play Swan Lake divinely can barely play a few Beatle's songs. The tabloids had blown the myth of the talented piano man to incredible proportions. Now they want the money they invested in psychological treatment of an unknown (110,000 pounds) back because he turns out to be ordinary: a gay, intelligent man who could no longer stand the rural life in a German town on the border with the Czech Republic.

The beauty of the story is how the tabloids' craving for a story to satiate the voyeurist appetite that exists today has backfired in their faces. The personal tragedy and sadness of an ordinary man is no longer enough for the storycrunchers. He had to be able to play the piano like Beethoven to be worth curing and investing money in. He had to be a superman to be worth talking about. He had to be a ubermensch to be worth saving.

Well... at least he is not black and did not come on a boat with a hundred others across the Mediterranean sea.

"In the future everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes" - Andy Warhol

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