I adore this androgynous person, who is like Roy Orbison meets Joe Cocker. He’s in the Leonard Cohen tribute concert film “I’m Your Man” and in this clip he sings “If It Be Your Will.”
In the YouTube clip, as in the movie, Antony wears the ultimate grunge garment, which appears to be a sweatshirt so deconstructed it almost doesn’t exist, a gossamer shell of mostly spider-web fineness. I bet it cost $1200 on Melrose Avenue or whatever the contemporary equivalent hipster street is.
The composite image above is made from Creative Commons photos by marillo (left) danieluis (center) and marillo (right)
Antony Hegarty represents to me what fellow Irishman Bobby Sands might have been, if he had followed art instead of politics, if he had made love not war, if he had flourished as a poet instead of starving himself to death in Long Kesh prison. Who’s to say which is better?
Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks 2009