ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
Fuck. This is a big one. I'm heartbroken.
Love the Byrds, like CSN(&Y), but couldn’t get past him being a bit of a jerk outside of music, imo. Maybe I’ll find a bit of time to listen to the solo records to try and get a different perspective.
Fair comment. Aren’t we all.
We live in a unique age where we have so much available information on our favourite artists that, if unfavourable, it begins to cloud our judgement of those artists.
The classic playwrights, painters, classical musicians etc. largely never endured that same scrutiny as a counter to their art.
I guess the opposing argument is that popular musicians in our age have the least amount of distance between their art and themselves in terms of expression. It may be the most 'immediate' artistic pursuit there is. They haven't created a painting people admire elsewhere, written a play acted out in real time by others, or written a classical piece conducted and performed by some other orchestra.
Even actors like, say, Dennis Hopper or Tom Cruise, who have questionable behaviours or beliefs, are not judged anywhere near as harshly in regard to their art as popular musicians are.
Mind you, I'm on the sparkling Shiraz at the moment... anything I type is questionable I'd say...
All things considered that’s pretty coherent imo.
Seem to be dropping at a rate of knots just now.
Sad news, but the guy made it to 81 having led, by all accounts, a lifestyle that was not conducive to longevity.
Yes, surprised he made it that far, he had a full life.
Yeah, the shock is that it didn’t happen 20 or 30 or 40 years earlier.
But it’s extra sad in that he’d finally seemed to be in a truly good place, personally and professionally, for the first time ever, for the past 10 or 15 years.
I never listened to any of his solo material from this century, but it’s supposedly truly really good.