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Records that were the sound of somebody – more often than not, a she – speaking with a voice that had never been heard before.…
It may be that the most interesting American struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to, and then…
If ‘Mystery Train’ is my Nixon book and ‘Lipstick Traces’ my Reagan book, ‘Invisible Republic’ is my Bill Clinton book. I really liked Clinton. He…
I never find myself even catching lyrics until something in the sound has taken me captive. Thinking about anything else is just the pleasurable byproduct…
I learned that when something just has to be said to move the discussion along, or broaden it or deepen it, if I can just…
Hearing things like ‘Wake Up’ by Lora Logic, or the Raincoats’ ‘In Love’ – that was something I wasn’t prepared for. I couldn’t hear anything…
Farber had a huge effect on me as a writer. I don’t mean I write like him. Farber is, first of all, a great stylist,…
Bob Dylan continues to release odd and unsettling records, and to do odd and unsettling things on stage. So the term ‘still’ seems meaningless to…
I want another idea, another project, but you can’t make them up. They show up.
You’re going to react to a painting in a way that the painting demands you react.
We make the oldest stories new when we succeed, and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail.
I had tremendous fun fooling around with the way people talked about songs, just the way that became another way of understanding the world.
Elvis’ early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits.
It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.
Elvis transcends his talent to the point of dispensing with it altogether.
I’m a fan of Oliver Stone. I like his movies, I like his excess, and I think he has a great capacity for empathy and…
Patriotism in America, as I understand it, is a matter of suffering, when the country fails to live up to its promises, or actively betrays…
No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared…
The Sixties are most generously described as a time when people took part – when they stepped out of themselves and acted in public, as…
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