Bob Dylan
These are sinuous paths which can lead us anywhere. Rock’n’roll can take on many a guise, from the grand to the daft, taking in the worthy and the weird on the way. All human activity is rooted in performance and identity. That’s how the hit works: we project ourselves and then buy our own projections. Continue reading
Showbiz can provide anything, we know that. But “if rock’n’roll is just entertaining, then it’s only using ten per cent of its potential...As long as artists stay home and spend their money on a Rolls Royce and eat cocaine all day, nobody’s gonna criticize them, but when they come out and do something they get criticized.” Continue reading
1. jerry lee lewis The Paganini of rock piano, torn between God and the Devil, and perpetrator of two masterpieces, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’’ and ‘Great Balls of Fire’ – both of them encompassing Heaven and Hell, much to Jerry Lee’s discomfort. Continue reading
It isn’t just that rock’n’roll has been spoken of in religious terms (see inset, bottom right) nor that there are several rock’n’roll churches (pp.117 & 118). It’s more than that. Continue reading
The Weather Underground (originally called the ‘Weathermen’, from Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’: You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows) emerged in 1969 when they took over the Students for Democratic Society/SDS (itself founded in 1960 and in the vanguard of civil rights and the anti-war movement; the Port Huron Statement, adopted by the SDS in 1962, was largely the work of Tom Hayden). Continue reading
And that’s it: literature gets out anyway. Part of it is drama and part of it is truth. Put the two together and you’ve got human life. It can be raucous; it can be as soft as a sleeping cat. It can exalt and it can hurt. It can be serious. It can be adventurous. The pirate meets the milkmaid and we all go home in a limousine. Is this possible? we ask – but we know in the same breath that it is. Continue reading
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