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Fw: (TV) Arthur Lee / Blank Generation
> I personally have always taken "Blank Generation" to be an extremely
> positive and inspirational statement of intent-the notion that you are
> to re-invent yourself in whichever way you choose is incredibly liberating
> and appealing when you're 16 years old and growing up,as I did,in
> in the 1970's-a grey,repressive,fearful and highly sectarian society.
> I had a pure,strong desire to work with words and music-R.Hell helped to
> fuel that desire and I remain eternally grateful.....
> "Y'know I gotta blowtorch in my hand
> to burn away all the garbage lies in every land
> that can't take the heat and light up the rest-understand????"
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Philip P. Obbard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Ok, I know it's off-topic (somewhat), but...
> > --- Joe Hartley <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > It has a *lot* to do with their music. How many other songs capture
> > > sheer angst and desperation of youth as well as "Blank Generation?"
> > > order to capture that feeling, Hell must have felt it. If he'd been a
> > > well-adjusted lad, we'd never have had that song.
> > ... remember that "Blank Generation" is theoretically a *positive*
> > Hell's own words (in FROM THE VELVETS TO THE VOIOIDS), "People misread
> what I
> > meant by 'Blank Generation'. To me, 'blank' is a line where you can fill
> > anything. It's positive. It's the idea that you have the option of
> > yourself anything you want, filling in the blank. And that's something
> > provides a uniquely powerful sense to this generation. It's saying, 'I
> > reject your standards for judging my behavior.'"
> > Perhaps this isn't a tangent?
> > --Philip "read your Heylin, people" Obbard
> > np: Kinks, TO THE BONE (UK version)
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