Andrew W.K. and different ability

What a nice quote from a fascinating party monster/charming lout.

Was it hard to play in a wheelchair?

It was actually easy to play. I was on crutches during the day but I couldn’t stand with the mic, play keyboard and do my headbanging on the crutches. So the wheelchair became this amazing tool that let me spin, roll around and completely isolate my leg so I could keep all the energy into my playing and singing. I had so much fun at those shows because it was a different way to use my body. It was interesting to experience how it felt to be in a wheelchair. Some people were freaked out by it and didn’t want me to play. We did a TV show performance and when they saw I was in a wheelchair they just wanted me to cancel. I said: “We’ve been playing this way, if anything I can play better. And I think people will find it interesting and exciting.” They said: “No it doesn’t look good, there’s a reason why you don’t see people in wheelchairs performing on telly!” I was just baffled by that and then I realised, holy smoke, you really don’t see people in wheelchairs on television! Why the fuck is that? Afterwards the guy apologised, he said he was wrong, the show was amazing and thanks for doing it. I realised if you’re injured it’s not just getting around that changes, it’s the whole way you’re treated.

via Andrew WK: ‘Music is a healing powerball of electric joy’ | Music |

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