Now that I’ve got you wondering which of the hundreds of rock and roll has been’s I’m talking about, I’ll tell you.
It’s the Rock and Roll Pt. 2 has been, Gary Glitter.
Gary Glitter? Yeah, Paul Gadd, better known as Gary Glitter. The guy brought us the most pervasive stadium song of all time. This song. It’s so iconic that most people don’t even know who wrote it or that there was ever a part 1.
Gary Glitter is sadly (for his victims) best known now for his status as a repeat sex offender. That is what he has been convicted for. Again. This time though, there will be no slap on the wrist (Glitter was sentenced to a paltry four months in prison following a child pornography arrest in 1997). He is facing a maximum of life in prison after being convicted of attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and three counts of indecent assault. While the sentence itself won’t be life, Glitter, aged 70, will almost certainly die in prison. One of his victims was eight years old.
Glitter still denies all allegations of pedophilia, not only from this current case, but from all of the previous incidents as well. During his trial, he even had the gall to try and convince the judge that he was “too famous for a fair trial”. Gary, the only reason you’re still famous at all is because you keep ending up on trial. In fact, the only remorse he seems to have shown is that he got caught, as he also attempted to convince the judge to be lenient by recounting stories of his hard upbringing. Gary, your “difficult childhood” does not erase the years of suffering you inflicted on children, and I don’t think any of us on the sidelines feel anything other than contempt for you and your situation. Enjoy prison Gary, maybe you’ll know a fraction of the pain you caused your victims.