Racial hatred is a subject that fascinates Eddy Mitchell. This is the reason why the singer attended a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, as he explains during a crossover interview with his eldest son Eddy Moine for Our time.
It is with tenderness that Eddy Mitchell agreed to collaborate with his first son Eddy Moine, film journalist, by engaging as never in The Dictionary of my life, a work co-written with the latter. Last week, to promote the book, Eddy Mitchell gave a cross-interview in Our time with his eldest son. The opportunity for the singer of 78 years to admit that he has already participated in a meeting … of the Ku Klux Klan.
However, as he assures the magazine, there is no question of evoking the racist brotherhood in their family home in Noisy-le-Sec: “For values, it’s clear: no racism, no violence“. But the interpreter of On the road to Memphis, to explain the reason why he participated in this meeting, wanted to give his impressions of the United States.
“We tried to understand“
“The American dream is over. I don’t really like their music or their cinema anymore. As for politics, they have had the best of the worst in recent years! When I was recording my records in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the white guitarists left the room when the black church choir that was to sing with us arrived.“, he confided.
His son does not have a good memory of Uncle Sam’s country either, as he explained to our colleagues: “The first time I went to the United States with my father, I accompanied him to a weapons convention. I was expecting him when I found myself with a gun pointed at my back. A guy was having fun. I have terrible memories of it “.
It is therefore with the aim of understanding this multifaceted country that the composer made a meeting with members of the Ku Klux Klan. “With my second wife, we tried to understand by going to a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. It was hot ! “, he confessed. This is the only comment he will agree to make on the subject, but which already says a lot about his feelings …