We’ve been asked to share a new release by the prolific French film composer Jann Halexander (below)
in memory of the English footballer Justin Fashanu, the first in his profession to declare himself gay.
Justin committed suicide in 1998, aged 37. He had been arrested in the state of Maryland and questioned over a charge of sexual assault, which he denied. He fled home to England but, fearing extradition and the poor chance of a black, gay sportsman getting a fair trial in the US, he took his own life, leaving a note that protested his innocence.
This sombre, minimalist piece is a belated cultural tribute to an honest man, a victim of his times.