To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed

I liked much of Lou Reed and owned New York (1989), which I consider to be his finest work. I was never enamored by his "noise" experiments, but he could write a good melody and intersperse that with some abstraction to interesting effect at times.

Went to his concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland about 15 years ago. Paid fifty bucks for front-row seats with a few friends.

I enjoyed the show, comprised of a lot of new material and improvised jamming. Some of my friends wanted to hear Sweet Jane and were disappointed he didn't play that and other popular material.


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