A pretty infallible rock rule of thumb is: anyone brandishing the world ‘people’ no longer considers themselves one of the people, and probably hasn’t for some time.
“Ways to be Pretentious,”
London Review of Books
5 May 2o16
Penman, who has been accused of pretense himself on occasion, is spot on here. And it applies just as sharply to politics as it does to rock-and-roll