The Smiths' Former Guitarist Johnny Marr Talks About His Vegan Lifestyle
While iconic English rock band The Smiths broke up in 1987, Meat Is Murder still remains an animal rights anthem for so many people–and more recently, the soundtrack for a PETA video game! While the focus now tends to be on Morrissey and his activism, the band’s former guitarist, Johnny Marr, states that after Meat Is Murder was made, he “never ate meat again,” and tells The Guardian more about the beginning of his vegan lifestyle:
“From the minute we made Meat Is Murder I never ate meat again. Of course not; I couldn’t be hypocritical. It wasn’t much of a sacrifice, to be honest, as nutrition still meant nothing to me. If you look at photos from that time I’m 22-23 and seven stone.”
Marr notes that the difficulties of a vegan diet are two-fold for him: one, that he still misses cheese since he “ate a lot before going vegan,” and two, the fact that cucumbers, which he finds to be “demonic” and “the black hole of the food world” are hard to be avoid, especially “after going vegetarian and even more difficult after going vegan.”
He states that he did not adopt the diet in order to clean himself of “drink or drugs” but rather, for change. While the musician may miss cheese, he lists the variety of foods he keeps in his tour rider, likening it to “the deli in Whole Foods,” which includes:
“Salads, stuffed vine leaves, chilli or wasabi, rice, white tea, health bars, spinach, tofu and porridge.”
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