Mumford & Sons guitarist quits band after endorsing right-wing book to ‘talk freely’ about politics
LONDON (AP) – Winston Marshall, founding member of folk-rock group Mumford & Sons, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the group so that he could “speak freely” on political issues.
Marshall took a hiatus from the group in March after setting off a social media storm by tweeting his admiration for “Unmasked,” a book by writer and right-wing activist Andy Ngo that has attacked far-left militant groups collectively known as antifa.
Marshall was accused online of supporting the far right, but said Thursday that “nothing could be further from the truth. I unequivocally condemn all political extremism, whether on the right or on the left.
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Marshall, who plays guitar and banjo with the band, said his bandmates “invited me to continue with them” but decided to leave so that he could “talk freely without them.” suffer the consequences “.
Marshall said that âas long as I’m a member of the group, saying what I think about the evils of political extremism might cause them problems. My loyalty and love for them cannot allow this.
Marshall said he plans to take on new creative endeavors, “as well as talking and writing about a variety of issues.”
Earlier this year, Marshall co-founded Hong Kong Link Up, a charity that works to integrate Hong Kongers settling in Britain due to growing political repression in the semi-autonomous Chinese city-state.
Formed in London in 2007, Mumford & Sons enjoyed huge success with their folk-rock jangly and won the Grammy Album of the Year for their 2012 record “Babel”.
âWe wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man,â the other three band members – Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane – wrote on Instagram in response to the announcement.