Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Rihanna's Christian farmer to 'clean up pop'

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/

He made headlines across the world when he took on superstar Rihanna, but now Bangor farmer Alan Graham is taking on the whole music industry in his mission to clean up pop.

The DUP councillor and devout Christian became a figure of fun when he stopped raunchy starlet Rihanna filming her award winning video We Found Love in his barley field after she took her top off in September 2011.

But when celebs like Dannii Minogue and Barbara Windsor backed Alan’s old fashioned values, the wave of public opinion began to turn.

Soon, Alan was bombarded with letters of support from across the globe for his stance, some simply addressed to ‘Rihanna’s Farmer’ which still managed to reach him.

Now the 63-year-old father of four is starring in a BBC show of the same name on Monday night which follows his campaign to make pop videos, which he describes as “porn to music”, less provocative and sexual.

*Find out more about his new venture and read a full interview with farmer Graham in tomorrow's Sunday Life

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