I was asked earlier this year by the Australian based blog Spank! to write about five tracks that had inspired me and, with the proviso that “it could have been many others, but I decided to go with these five”, I spread my selections over a sequence of black music styles spanning a two decade period, from Soul through to House:
Archive | June 24, 2010
List of ‘Ten Books I’ve Read At Least Twice’ for RVNG INTL website in the US (July 2008).
- A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Days In The Life – Voices From The English Underground 1961-1971 – Jonathon Green
- In Search Of The Miraculous – P.D. Ouspensky
- Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
- Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
- The Day A Team Died – Frank Taylor
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
- The Longest Cocktail Party – Richard Di Lello
- Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
A whole new generation has come to know Edie Sedgwick via the flawed ‘Factory Girl’ biopic (2006). Dismissed by NY’s Village Voice as ‘Edie for dummies’, the film was widely criticised for lapsing into fictionalization in the name of ‘artistic license’, but there were still many people, unaware of the rumpus, who took it at face value and have no reason for regarding the portrayal of Edie as anything less than authentic. For me this is the curse of the biopic – it’s a quick fix for someone to gain a bit of passing info about someone of cultural significance, so they can tick them off their ‘I know who that is’ list and drop a cool name in the right company, but, as we know, fast food isn’t all that nourishing, especially when what’s in the bun isn’t exactly a burger.
Electronic Music Pioneer:
An Audiological Chronology: