Friday, June 22, 2018

The train keeps a rolling

Image may contain: 1 personSad, but remember that the talented and insightful Anthony Bourdain was a bad heroin addict before he got clean and began to write books. He continued to drink, alcoholically according to some who knew him, which makes sense. If one is addicted to one drug, they are addicted to them all, and abstinence and a good support system are the best ways to learn to live a fulfilling life without depressives of any kind. I suspect the alcohol, fueled his depression  , I have , incidentally, nearly 31 years sobriety and "clean time", and have yet to see a junkie who kicked dope and then go on to drink successfully. There were two results of those who drank after quitting dope, they either sobered up entirely, or they died too soon. I feel the loss --he was fine man. But I suspect his lot would have been better had he not continued to drink so copiously.
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The Doors were a mixed bag for me; the first two albums are among the most important rock albums of all time, with the remainder alternating between the proverbial poles of brilliance and balderdash. As a band, they were simply sublime and unique, with the odd combination of blues, flamenco, classical, jazz , Artaud and epic theater being crafted in their hands to create a sound and feel that was singular and instantly identifiable . As a vocalist, Jim Morrison was often as evocative as the greatest fans proclaim, and it fit the half-awake twilight that seemed to be his constant state of consciousness. As a poet, though, I thought he was simply awful, fragmented, crypto-mystic surrealism that , save for some striking and memorable lines, collapsed from its flimsy elisions and obtuse vagaries. In his posthumous collections ,, the pieces read too often like the notebook jottings of an introspective 17 year old. I say that as one who was an introspective 17 year and is now an introspective 65 year old. Morrison might have become the poet he wanted to be had he been able to write, edit, and finesse his work as he desired when he left for Paris. What I will say, though,is that being the vocalist in the Doors gave him opportunity to go through his writings, his poems, and select many of the stronger passages for the band's more theatrical songs. The Doors , ironically seemed to be an institutional editor for Morrison's words, forcing the bard to decide which of his jottings was actually the most powerful, concise, emphatic. In all, a fine and well researched piece, Jon, another fine piece of historical journalism.

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The Yardbirds and Aerosmith effectively took this song behind the garage and reupholstered it until it was nothing but a bulldozing paen to rape mentality. Tiny Bradshaw's original reminds of something more sensual, fun, swinging in the sense that we have analogy of dance partners working here, not combatants.

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