Not that obscure, really. I know my brother had a copy or two, and Richard Meltzer mentioned it (somewhat mockingly) in my interview with him. But it’s more or less forgotten, and I’ve no idea if it was any good or not. (My guess is that, like a lot of ‘zines from the period, it had some decent contributers but a limited budget and/or no … Continue reading Obscure Music Magazine of the Day: Zoo World
Forget Rick Moody, there needs to be more focus on just how awful Salon itself can be with their music and entertainment coverage in recent years (which I say as someone who greatly enjoys some of their political coverage). One sort of (extremely silly) example of the sort of thing I’m speaking about appeared just moments ago: HEADLINE WHAT THE SUBJECT OF THE PIECE, BRYAN … Continue reading Bryan Ferry Dedicates New Album to Beyoncé & Jay-Z!
There’s no one to tell the adults in the language of the adults what’s happening. The only writer who comes close is Ralph Gleason in the San Francisco Chronicle. He’s been in the territory long enough so that he never says ‘pop culture.’ You won’t find any maps to that land in The New York Review of Books or Kenyon Review or Partisan Review. (Well, … Continue reading Outside Looking In
Many thanks for Ralph Gleason’s review of Albert Goldman’s Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce… I didn’t know Lenny Bruce… but I am acquainted with Albert Goldman and his ambition to stake out a monopoly position for himself in a culture of which he is no more a part than I am; and I have been hoping that someone with a true grasp of the reality … Continue reading Someone With a True Grasp of the Reality
Because the new sensibility demands less ‘content’ in art, and is more open to the pleasures of ‘form’ and style, it is also less snobbish, less moralistic — in that it does not demand that pleasure in art necessarily be associated with edification. If art is understood as a form of discipline of the feelings and a programming of sensations, then the feeling (or sensation) … Continue reading The New Sensibility
See, the genius of rock music is that it matched the cultural hysteria around it. Not only Dylan, but that kind of scorching electric howl of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison — and these happen to be three people who died early and tragically — as if to provide an answer, as if to present a counterpart to what was happening around … Continue reading It Had to Be Rock