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RE: (TV) Re: Zappa, WSB and Lou Reed (was: Foxhole)
eric gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> he's primarily worked in a very non-abstract (MMM & a few VU experiments excepted
OK, I'll buy that.
> narrative logocentric universe....
Ya mean he likes to talk?
> people have oft thrown burroughs out as an influence/precursor to reed,
> but i hear & read ginsberg...
Out of the frying pan, and into the shitter.
> he's rooted in a very western poetic tradition
Um, uh, make that the Village tradition? The Western tradition includes
people a whole lot better than Mr. Poe or Mr. Reed.
> poe, possibly the first "modern" poet, or so say alotta academics
I'd save that honor for Thomas Hardy, a much greater writer. Poe is "modern'
in his obsessions, but his forms and meters are pure 19th century.
> he's never been particularly interested in fucking with yr approach to the
> text...he wants the text to inform as directly as possible (kind of me to
> speak for reed, no?)
That does seem to be accurate statement of where Reed is coming from,
when his act is up to snuff. And I have to admit that few do it better.
> ...& that's where & how i believe he's been a major force....has anyone hear
> heard "ecstasy"? there's some amazing writing going on in that record...
> quite possibly as good as he's ever written.
I'll check it out. Obviously we all owe Reed a huge debt for the VU,
so I guess we owe him the benefit of the doubt and maybe even we have
to listen to this Poe thing (well, I wouldn't go _that_ far).
> my seven or eight cents...
Well worth twice the price, and much appreciated.
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