Home 5 News 5 Tweet over book leads To guitarist leaving band

Tweet over book leads To guitarist leaving band

by | Jun 29, 2021 | News

A book that already caused a row at one of America’s leading independents has now led a member of a leading British folk-rock band as one of its victims. Guitarist-banjoist Winston Marshall has quit the chart-topping, arena-playing Mumford & Sons following a tweet he sent congratulating the conservative journalist Andy Ngo for writing Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.

The title, published by Center Street, the politically conservative imprint of Hachette US, is now enjoying a new burst of publicity as a result.  The publisher says Ngo is ‘a journalist who’s been attacked by Antifa [and has written] a deeply researched and reported account of the group’s history and tactics.’

Marshall tweeted: ‘Congratulations.  Finally had time to read your important book.  You’re a brave man.’  The tweet led to an online backlash eventually forcing Marshall to leave the band to save them from being similarly vilified.  In a blog post he wrote: ‘I have spent much time reflecting, reading and listening. The truth is that my commenting on a book that documents the extreme far left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally repugnant far-right….

‘For me to speak about what I’ve learnt to be such a controversial issue will inevitably bring my bandmates more trouble. My love, loyalty, and accountability to them cannot permit that. I could remain and continue to self-censor but it will erode my sense of integrity … The only way forward for me is to leave the band. I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.’

The book already caused ugly scenes at Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon which had to close early on some days to ensure staff safety after protesters covered its windows with posters saying ‘Say Ngo to Fascism’.  It has also received a torrent of criticism on social media.

‘Antifa’ stands for ‘anti-fascism’ and has its roots in the anti-fascist movements of the Twenties and Thirties in Europe.  With the rise of the ‘alt-right’ and the arrival of Donald Trump as president, it became more active in the US in the last ten years.

Recent News

24Jul
Reading Crisis: 1 in 6 UK Adults Struggle to Read

Reading Crisis: 1 in 6 UK Adults Struggle to Read

Half of all adults in the UK don’t read regularly for pleasure, and 1 in 6 – some 8.5m people – struggles to read at all.  That is the key finding of research undertaken by literacy campaign body The Reading Agency.   As schools break up for summer, The Reading Agency is encouraging people to […]

23Jul
Sara J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros Lead Fantasy Boom

Sara J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros Lead Fantasy Boom

Sales of adult fantasy – and in particular, romantasy – have led to good first half figures in the US.  Publishers Weekly reports: ‘Results for the first half of 2024 leave no question about what is driving sales: adult fantasy sales skyrocketed 85.2% over the first six months of 2023 thanks to a huge increase […]

22Jul
Edinburgh Book Festival Reveals 2024 Industry Program

Edinburgh Book Festival Reveals 2024 Industry Program

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced its comprehensive industry program for 2024, spotlighting publishing in its new venue, the Edinburgh Futures Institute.   Commencing on August 14, the festival will kick off with Global Ink, a dedicated international industry day. This event will bring together professionals from Scotland, the UK, and beyond to explore […]

Related Posts

Sara J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros Lead Fantasy Boom

Sara J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros Lead Fantasy Boom

Sales of adult fantasy – and in particular, romantasy – have led to good first half figures in the US.  Publishers Weekly reports: ‘Results for the first half of 2024 leave no question about what is driving sales: adult fantasy sales skyrocketed 85.2% over the first...

Edinburgh Book Festival Reveals 2024 Industry Program

Edinburgh Book Festival Reveals 2024 Industry Program

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced its comprehensive industry program for 2024, spotlighting publishing in its new venue, the Edinburgh Futures Institute.   Commencing on August 14, the festival will kick off with Global Ink, a dedicated...

“The Cleaner”: Debut Novel Gains International Interest”

“The Cleaner”: Debut Novel Gains International Interest”

There is much interest in a debut novel called The Cleaner by new British writer Mary Watson.  Penguin Random House (PRH) will publish in the UK under the Bantam imprint and PRH imprint Crown will publish in the US.  Rights have already sold to Italy.   In the UK...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this

Pin It on Pinterest