I think Brian knew the impact that it would have, but probably wouldn't have done it if not for Anita -- self-destructive seems a good description of his time with Anita, I have to agree with OWK on this one. I won't say she was the worst thing that ever happened to him, but that was one dysfunctional relationship and they don't seem like they were a couple who were necessarily fun to be around. I think Brian was definitely at an artistic peak of a sort while he was with her, but I don't know how much of his artistry was directly inspired by her and how much was just a renewed self-confidence/someone to encourage him that pulled out things he was capable of anyway.
Brian's response to Keith Altham in January 1967. It starts off well enough, but then he makes the comparison to Peter O'Toole, which really doesn't correlate at all. To be honest, I always cringe a little over that part...
The recent pictures of me taken in Nazi uniform were a put-down. Really, I mean with all that long hair in a Nazi uniform, couldn't people see that it was a satirical thing? How can anyone be offended when I'm on their side? I'm not a Nazi sympathiser. I noticed that the week after the pictures of me taken in that uniform appeared there were photographs of Peter O'Toole in the same newspaper wearing a German uniform for a film he is making. But no one put him down for wearing that!
Obviously there was some kind of response to the photos or Brian wouldn't have been discussing it with Altham and there wouldn't have been that little newspaper clipping in Rolling With the Stones -- but I've yet to come across any other contemporary response to it, so I wonder if there was much of a backlash at all? To the public, he was a Rolling Stone, Rolling Stones do outrageous things, and this was probably just the next "big thing" after their dressing in drag. Perhaps commented on and then forgotten.
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