the trip – kim fowley

I’ve had a few weeks off. Gone on holiday, shaken hands (vigorously) with Peter Rabbit Esq, and generally grabbed me some much-needed rnr. I’m feeling, if not ‘better’ per se, at least like I could, if called upon, at least defend myself against assailants – whether real or imaginary.
I’ve also done a fair amount of brooding about my situation. it’s not quite as bad as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (despite the present administration’s best efforts) but there’s still a fair distance to go until we’re out of the woods.
Holidays are a lot like psychedelic drugs – they’re pretty good, but only an idiot would want to live there. They’re also expensive and you never know what to expect when you arrive. Plus, you have to be with mates you can trust, as opposed to someone who’ll evaporate without telling you. But then, no analogy stands up to serious scrutiny, does it?
While I was away, I read Geeta Dayal’s book on the making of Brian Eno’s ‘Another Green World’. it’s one of those rarest of things – a truly inspiring wee volume, filled with ideas that can be adapted for my own work. (at present, I’m listening back to an hour of rhythmic noise I produced, using the principles of chance and indeterminacy Eno was up-to-his-armpits in forty-five years ago. It doesn’t sound much like any Eno LP I’ve ever heard. Mibby if Throbbing Gristle (who, legend has it, Eno very nearly worked with around the time of their ‘2nd Annual Report’) had recorded ‘No Pussyfooting’…
I don’t know if I’ll ever release this where my fellow man can get their hands on it, but it’s been an interesting experiment that might bear fruit some time in the future.
Most strangely, I only came to the Geeta Dayal book on the train home. I’d just finished Kim Gordon’s ‘Girl In A Band’, and was looking for something else to read. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, but it had to be non-fiction. Over the last year or two, I’ve been reading mainly genre fiction and I feel like I could use a break.
The Gordon book is equally brilliant. One of the best musical biographies I’ve read, I think. Up there with Chuck D’s ‘Fight The Power’; and Viv Albertine’s ‘Clothes Music Boys’. So I was pleasantly surprised that the next thing I read wasn’t an utter disappointment!
And, as a direct result of reading her book, I’ve fallen in love with Sonic Youth’s ‘Evol’ all over again.

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