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Victor Jara — His life and death, a classic feature from the vaults

The Chilean singer Victor Jara was murdered in the country's military coup 40 years ago this week. This classic NME piece from 1975 – taken from Rock's Backpages – tells the tale of his death, and how the coup came to pass. David Bowie , having looked into the black heat of apocalypse, has returned with the mutant truth. From behind a pair of Young Republican specs and a chin borrowed from Barry Goldwater, Bowie tells us how rock'n'roll is "a toothless old hag" and "an embarrassment". That the very next dance craze will leap suddenly from the belly of America. That it will be called Fascist Domination Of The Western Democracies and the whole thing's real easy once you get the hang of it.  "There will be a political figure," he says, "in the not too distant future who'll sweep this part of the world like early rock'n'roll did. You've got to have an extreme right front come up and sweep everything off its feet and ti