In Our Band Could Be Your Life, Micheal Azerrad uses a line from the William Blake poem, “Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion,” as his epigraph:
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.
When one searches for this poem, a link appears to the William Blake society connecting a reader to a campaign to preserve his cottage.
The people behind this project remind us:
Poets transform reality. They are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
By saving this cottage, they describe their vision:
The Cottage is to be an exemplar of a way to live a life through courage and creativity. We are inviting support from everyone who is strengthened by the knowledge that somewhere in the world such a place exists; a home for the prophetic imagination in England’s Green and Pleasant Land.
The Cottage will be a refuge for everyone who asks great questions – the outsiders, the prophets and the visionaries.
People will be able to stay in the Cottage and in turn the Cottage will emanate their creativity back into the world. Its programme may include a space to function as a House of Refuge for persecuted writers. It will offer Blakean events and it will also welcome visitors.