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Sweet Gene Vincent
by Ian Dury and The Blockheads, with Wilco Johnson
The International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly. The day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

"This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Disability is referenced in various parts of the SDGs and specifically in parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.

There are not many stars in pop and rock with disabilities. Yes, Gareth Gates stutters, Billy Joel has asthma, Cher has dyslexia and there are quite a few visually impaired artists. But I could not find many stars in need of a wheel chair or crutches. It seems there is still quite a long way to go before artists with disabilities will audition in The Voice.

Both Ian Dury and Gene Vincent were disabled. Ian after he contracted polio at the age of seven during the 1949 polio epidemic. He had great difficulty standing up, but his handicap never stopped Dury to be a fantastic live performer.

Vincent's left leg was shattered in a motorcycle crash. The injury left him with a limp and pain. While on tour in the UK, American stars Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were involved in a high-speed traffic accident. Cochran died the next day, Vincent broke his ribs and collarbone and further damaged his weakened leg.

'Sweet Gene Vincent' was originally recorded for the first album by Ian Dury and The Blockheads, 'New Boots and Panties!', from 1977. This live version was recorded in the Hammersmith in London, in 1985, and features a brilliant guest performance by the equally brilliant Wilco Johnson, the inventor of psychotic coolness. Special attention for Norman Watt-Roy, whose bass lines are out of this world.
1977 - Stiff Records - United Kingdom - spasticus autisticus
Posted: 3rd December 2019
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