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WINSTON MARSHALL reveals why he leaves Mumford & Sons

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I loved those first tours. I had to bounce off the sweaty stage in the Edinburgh catacombs and go to the Camden gig by lunch the next day.

All four and Ted’s contrabass couldn’t fit in the VW Polo. I think it was Ben who had to draw a short straw and get on the train with the keyboard.

I remember blowing the M6 ​​all night, the young people were sleeping beside me.

We did it, but sadly my voice was completely exhausted and couldn’t be shot, I had to imitate my harmony. It was refreshing to be at Mumford & Sons.

Every gig was an adventure of its own. Every gig has its own story.

Whether it’s an Odyssey around the Scottish islands or a Soho box show in Soho. Where do you sleep that night?

I loved those first tours. Mumford & Son’s WINSTON MARSHALL wrote that he had to bounce off a sweaty stage in the Edinburgh catacombs and go to a Camden gig by lunch the next day.

Even Fort William’s hostel, Ipswich’s pub floor, and Carlyle’s Traveler maintain some charm in my heart. We looked at the country, and miraculously as things grew, we saw the world.

All the while doing what we loved. musics. And it’s not just music. These songs meant something.

They felt important to me. A song with a message of hope and love. I was surrounded by three highly talented songwriters and one in a million voices, our singer Marcus.

Banjo player banjoed in a tweet

By Allison Boschoff for the Daily Mail

The globally successful British folk rock group Mumford & Sons banjo player and lead guitarist has left the band. This is the latest victim of “cancellation culture”.

Winston Marshall, 33, has played for 14 years in a group with millions of sales. But in March, he gathered a fierce online backlash after sending a “harmless” tweet in support of a conservative journalist in his book critical of the violent far-left group Antifa. ..

Marshall, the son of Sir Paul Marshall, a billionaire hedge fund manager, told Andy Nugo: Congratulations. .. .. Finally I had time to read your important book. You are a brave man. “

Left-wing social media users soon became stars, accusing him of being a “fascist” and demanding that he be removed from the chart-top band he played for Barack Obama.

Marshall apologized — just to attract anger from the right wing, who believed he didn’t do anything wrong — and temporarily left the band. On Thursday, he posted a blog, republished below, explaining that he decided to quit altogether.

He states: “I couldn’t foresee that my comment on a book criticizing the far left could be interpreted as an equally abominable approval of the far right.”

He pointed out that the accusations of being “fascists” were even more unreasonable given that members of his own family were killed by the Nazis on the Holocaust.

Mumford & Sons said:

The title of Ngo’s book is “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy”. It’s Amazon’s bestseller and has been listed on the New York Times as non-fiction.

Antifa (short for “anti-fascist”) is a broad and loose organization involved in fierce clashes in several cities in the United States. Donald Trump tried to ban it as a terrorist organization.

Reprinted here because of Marshall’s ardent cry. .. ..

A voice that can be compelled in both the field of 80,000 and the intimacy of the previous room.

Fast-forwarding for 10 years, we played the same song in the arena every night, skipped first class, stayed in a luxury hotel and received a lot of money to do so.

I was a lucky boy.

On stage, on my left Ted, there is a roaring bear with a contrabass flying high above him.

Hit the key to Ben on my right. And Marcus guides us with the strength of the hurricane and the gentleness of the breeze, depending on the song.

What a blessing it was to be so close to such a talent. It’s a great pride to look back on my time with Mumford & Sons.

A heritage of songs that I believe will withstand the challenges of the times. What we have achieved goes beyond this S ******** r’s wildest fantasy from Mortlake.

Who will be willing to leave in their right mind? It turned out that I would. And that wasn’t an easy decision.

In early March, I tweeted to American journalist Andy Ngo, author of The New York Times bestseller Unmasked.

‘Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally I had time to read your important book. You are a brave man. ”

Posting about books has been my social media theme throughout the pandemic.

I thought this tweet was as harmless as any other tweet. I found out how wrong I was.

Over 24 hours, tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments have been received.

I could not foresee that my comment on a book criticizing the far left could be interpreted as an equally abominable far-right approval.

It must not be different from the truth. Thirteen members of my family were killed in a Holocaust concentration camp.

My grandma, unlike her cousin, aunt, and uncle, survived. She and I were close. My family is painfully familiar with the evils of fascism.

To say the least. It was incredibly ridiculous to call me a “fascist”.

I have been abused a lot over the years. After all, I’m a banjo player. But this was another level.

And thanks to our association, my friend, my bandmate, got it too. It took me more than a moment to figure out how painful this was for them.

Despite being four individuals, we were one unit in the eyes of the general public. In addition, it is the name of our singer on the can.

The name was dragged into a rather ugly accusation as a result of my tweet.

I regret the pain it caused to them and their families that weekend. I feel bad. Unintentionally, I pulled them into a divisive and holistic problem.

What a blessing it was to be so close to such a talent. It's a great pride to look back on my time with Mumford & Sons.

What a blessing it was to be so close to such a talent. It’s a great pride to look back on my time with Mumford & Sons.

The emotion was high. Despite the pressure that bothers me, they invited me to stay in the band.

Especially in the so-called “cancellation culture” era, courage was needed. I apologized and agreed to temporarily retreat.

As expected, another virus mob came after me. This time it’s because of an apology. Then followed by a sneaky article calling me “right wing” and so on.

There’s nothing wrong with being conservative, but when I was forced to label myself, I was “centrist,” “liberal,” or more honest, “biting this, biting it.” Flapping between “biting”.

Mislabeling only shows what the dual political discourse has become. I had to be “right” because I was criticizing “left”.

Why did I apologize?

“Rubbing your eyes, purifying your heart-and praise those who love you and long for you more than anything else in the world.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote.

As a maniac at that moment, I was desperate to protect my bandmates.

The wasp nest that I unknowingly struck unleashed a flock of black hearts on them and their families. I didn’t want them to suffer because of my actions.

NGO

On Saturday, fans counterattacked Winston and accused him of

Ngo’s (left) book Unmasked claims to expose Antifa, the name of a US protester who arrived to oppose the far-right march, as a “violent extremist movement.”Right photo: Marshall’s tweet

Second, I was truly open to the fact that I may not have known anything about the author or his work. “Courage is what you need to get up and talk,” Churchill once said. “Courage is also needed to sit and listen,” I asked.

I have spent a lot of time pondering, reading, and listening. The truth is that my comments on the far left and the book that documented its activities never endorse the similarly disgusting far right.

The truth is that it is undoubtedly brave to report on extremism, which poses a great risk of endangering oneself. I feel that my previous apology is a little involved in the lie that such extremism does not exist, or worse, is a force for good.

So why leave the band?

Solzhenitsyn published an essay titled Live Not By Lies the night before his departure to the west. I have read it many times since the incident in early March. It still stirs me deeply.

Marshall writes about medium, but his admiration for the book

Marshall writes about medium, but his admiration for the book “Unmasked: Inside the Fundamental Plan to Destroy Antifa’s Democracy” can be interpreted as an equally abominable far-right approval. “I couldn’t foresee” that he had sex.

Marshall's father, Paul, tweeted that he was

Marshall’s father, Paul, tweeted that he was “very proud” of his son for his post announcing his departure from the band.

He writes: “And he doesn’t have the courage to protect his soul, and he shouldn’t be proud of his” progressive “view. Or a general.

“Let him tell you: I’m part of the flock and coward. As long as I’m fed and kept warm, it’s all the same for me.”

Talking about what I learned to be such a controversial issue will inevitably lead my bandmates to more issues.

My love, loyalty and accountability for them cannot be forgiven.

I could stay and continue self-censorship, but that would undermine my sense of integrity. Gnawing my conscience. I already felt the beginning.

The only way to move forward is to leave the band. I hope that by keeping myself away from them, they can speak my heart without suffering from consequences.

I leave with love in my heart, and I hope those three boys are none other than the best. There is no doubt that their stars will shine forever in the future.

Continue to work at Hong Kong Link Up [buddy system for HK people settling in the UK] And I look forward to talking and writing about various issues in addition to new creative projects.

Winston Marshall pays for this article to a local food bank.

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