May 28, 2013 |
In college, I once wrote a paper arguing that rock 'n' roll songs were poetry in sonic form. I was not, at the time, aware of Richard Goldstein's 1972 anthology “The Poetry of Rock,” which made a similar case, gathering lyrics and presenting them as verse, but I was under the sway of a cluster of poet/musicians: Lou Reed , Patti Smith , Jim Carroll , even Jim Morrison , whose posthumous spoken word record “An American Prayer” I...
May 9, 1987
It saddens me to see Richard Meltzer wishing for what's past and not opening himself up to the great, uncorrupted bands that are making music today ("Meltzer: Rock Is Dead," by Kristine McKenna, April 26). Bands like the Smiths, R.E.M., U2 and Simple Minds have large followings, yet have not changed their ideals and integrity to suit the mass market. These, including such lesser-known (but equally brilliant) acts as the Cocteau Twins, James, Woodentops, the Jazz Butcher and Husker Du, are the Dylans, Beatles and Rolling Stones of the '80s.
March 28, 2013 |
Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams, often credited for helping establish the field of rock music criticism in the mid-1960s, died Wednesday at age 64 from complications related to a 1995 bicycle accident. Williams' wife, musician Cindy Lee Berryhill, confirmed her husband's death in a post on Facebook, telling followers, “It was a gentle and peaceful passing. " Williams, according to a note on his official website, "suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, leading to early onset of dementia, and a steady decline to the point where he now requires full-time care.
August 1, 2013 |
When, in the 1920s, the pioneering Southern California social critic Louis Adamic called Los Angeles "the enormous village," he didn't mean it as a compliment. Rather, he was referring to L.A.'s insularity, its status as what Richard Meltzer would later label "the biggest HICK Town (per se) in all the hick land," a city of small-town values and narrow vision that "grew up suddenly, planlessly. " For Adamic, Los Angeles was defined by individual, as opposed to collective, passions, starting with its architecture.