If you consider any set of data without a preconceived viewpoint, then a viewpoint will emerge from the data.
–William Burroughs, in reference to…..Led Zeppelin?
“Rock Magic: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, and a Search For the Elusive Stairway to Heaven
By William S. Burroughs, Crawdaddy Magazine, June 1975″
so much to quote here. i think you have to have been William Burroughs to write a review of a Zeppelin concert with such laizzez-faire:
” A few special effects are much better than too many. I can see the laser beams cutting dry ice smoke, which drew an appreciative cheer from the audience. Jimmy Page’s number with the broken guitar strings came across with a real impact, as did John Bonham’s drum solo and the lyrics delivered with unfailing vitality by Robert Plant. The performers were doing their best, and it was very good. The last number, “Stairway to Heaven”, where the audience lit matches and there was a scattering of sparklers here and there,found the audience well-behaved and joyous, creating the atmosphere of a high school Christmas play. All in all a good show; neither low nor insipid. Leaving the concert hall was like getting off a jet plane.”
Since the word “magic” tends to cause confused thinking, I would like to say exactly what I mean by “magic” and the magical interpretation of so- called reality. The underlying assumption of magic is the assertion of ’will’ as the primary moving force in this universe–the deep conviction that nothing happens unless somebody or some being wills it to happen. To me this has always seemed self-evident. A chair does not move unless someone moves it. Neither does your physical body, which is composed of much the same materials, move unless you will it to move. Walking across the rooom is a magical operation. From the viewpoint of magic, no death, no illness, no misfortune, accident, war or riot is accidental. There are no accidents in the world of magic. And will is another word for animate energy. Rock stars are juggling fissionable material that could blow up at any time… ”
…I found Jimmy Page equally aware of the risks involved in handling the fissionable material of the mass unconcious.”
this interview is chock full of amazing anecdotes and weird cultural references. what ever happened to this idea of INFRA-SOUND (music you can’t hear but you can feel)??Filed in culture and random linkage, music, QOTD | Comment (0)