[ October 2000 ]

            "It was my twelfth birthday, and I was walking home
            from school. I guess I would have been young enough to
            not see death as being entirely disastrous. The nature
            of my own personality is that I don't see death as a
            disastrous thing. It's just a door that opens, and
            somebody goes somewhere else.

            Lennon had a sense of everybody's right to stir shit.
            He was very brave and vulnerable, and saw that it was
            brave to show one's vulnerability.

            He would probably love the rap movement. In a lot of
            ways, rap is where his voice can still be heard.
            People underestimate the subliminal impact of not just
            his music but the things he was doing publicly, like
            the shit-stirring. All of that had a huge influence on
            rap, and on little, bold, big-mouthed Irish singers.
            You almost forget how sexy he was. Plus, he [was]
            wonderful and gorgeous and sexy."

                From the Dublin pubs to international stardom
                To motherhood... and back!

            An Irish protest singer who once ruled the world's pop charts, Sinead O'Connor eventually foiled her own success
            by sparking up global controversy in the early 1990's with an infamous Saturday Night Live performance. From
            her teenage days in Dublin in the 1980s playing with local acts In Tua Nua and Ton Ton Macoute, through her
            ascent to international superstardom at the age of 23 with the Prince cover, Nothing Compares 2 U, Behind The
            Music unfolds the winding tale of Sinéad's career. In an incredibly forthright interview, Sinéad speaks of her
            turbulent history, the child abuse she suffered at the hands of her troubled mother, and the solace she
            discovered in music. Sinéad takes us through the media calamities she encountered throughout her career
            and discusses the controversies that seem to follow her wherever she goes.

          The show will re-air throughout the next two months, check below for dates.

                SUN 10/22 at 11am ET
                SUN 10/22 at 9pm ET
                SUN 10/22 at 11pm ET
                FRI 10/27 at 9pm ET
                SAT 10/28 at 12pm ET
                SUN 11/5 at 4pm ET
                TUE 11/7 at 1:30pm ET
                WED 11/8 at 1:30am ET

                Interviewer: People get less tolerant.
                Tori: It just stays the same. Nothing has changed. We have dips and hills of openness,
            but look how fast that can change. The same people who were so openminded in the
            sixties were booing Sinead O'Connor at the Dylan concert. I'm sorry she had to go through
            that, because it was very painful. But it was so significant for the time we live in. You may
            protest in a way everyone thinks acceptable, but if you do it differently...                 Behind The Music
            Sinéad O'Connor
                60 min.
            This look at Sinead O'Connor features interviews in which the Irish singer discusses the abuse
            she suffered during her childhood, her ambivalence about stardom and the struggle to reconcile
            her love of God with her problems with the Catholic Church.                 Nothing compares 2 a fucked-up kid?

            Don't go calling Sinéad O'Connor an overprotective mom. The
            singer/Tridentine priest says she's A-OK with the concept of her 12-year-old
            son, Jake, smoking pot on a regular basis.

            "I say to my son I don't mind if he smokes a few spliffs but I'd rather he
            didn't do it until he's finished college," O'Connor told the U.K. Sun. "It
            does f*** with your mind when you start."

            But O'Connor, who says she tokes up every day, says persistence pays off. "I
            used to worry about the effect on my brain," she says, "but I just smoked on

            And see how clear-headed she ended up?

        It's worth pointing out that the original and undistorted quotes appear on the new issue of Q magazine, U2 on the cover.
        Sinéad is the guest of Q's famaous Cash For Questions section where she answers questions sent in by readers.

© 2000 Deniz Cebe
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