— Niels Bohr, 1928
Even at his most pretentious, my 19-year-old self sometimes hit the nail on the head. For instance, my preview of an Elvis Costello concert at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium quoted The Norton Anthology of English Literature on John Donne (1572-1631): “It is a restless, searching energy that scorns the easy platitude and the smooth, vacant phrase; that is vivid, immediate, troubling.”
Wishing Elvis a happy (and/or vivid, immediate, troubling) 60th on August 24.
"Charlie Haden is one of the most hypnotically inventive bassists in contemporary jazz…. Now he has formed his own group for the purpose of presenting his furiously humanistic musical polemics to the world…. Haden’s bass work is especially superb, throbbing and droning with a restless yet understated intensity expressing perfectly the pulsebeat of lives like those in the Spanish Resistance, lived in eternal fear and the fiercely nurtured strength of brave dreams."
—Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone, February 21, 1970
Björk - The Dull Flame Of Desire + Flétta - Collaboration Duet’s With Antony Hegarty, (2007-2010)
"There is hope for Sunday evenings, after the children have been perfused: there is Cher. Cher is more beautiful and sings better than Ed Sullivan. She is more beautiful and sings better than almost anybody else on television. She has, unfortunately, a husband, about whom it is necessary to make jokes each week on CBS to keep the show moving right along between production numbers. Although Sonny is rumored to be the brains behind the act, clearly he doesn’t deserve Cher.”
—John Leonard, 1971
— John Leonard, “Confessions of a Structure Freak,” from his This Gun for Hire. Originally published in Esquire, February 1969
—Janet Flanner, Paris Was Yesterday