So we won’t be talking classical crossover yet because I missed the Hour broadcast; but I taped a later re-run, so we’ll come back to it.
So speaking of earplugs, the Illuminati broke up. Eye this week also speaks to two women of great stature and longevity in the New York art and poetry scenes, Carolee Schneemann and Alice Notley (who also talks about her ex-husband, the late great Ted Berrigan).
And so the new list of books in the 33 1/3 series has been announced. Happy to see a lot more hip-hop in this round, but most happy for two things: the book about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, which if it’s done well will, I hope, become a cult book, and should at least be very well read in Hawaii, where the guy was a national (to use the term in its non-statist sense) hero; and, of course, the book by John Darnielle on Black Sabbath’s Masters of Reality, which I greet with both glee and the glum certainty that no matter how good, if it’s good at all, my book is, John’s book will be better. (Though it’s nice to see from the comments on the 33 1/3 site that there’s still some juice in the outrage over mine.) Hardest row to hoe: Good luck to the guy with the Van Dyke Parks book - a worthy subject, but not so easy to market. Wonder if Continuum thinks the Joanna N. fans will read it? (As long as you’re doing the Ys crew, maybe you could do a Steve Albini book - Songs About Fucking, anyone? - and Jim O’Rourke’s Eureka is a great record, too.)