Jimmy Page and William S. Burroughs - the Heavy Metal Kids
An early use of the term Heavy Metal in popular culture was by William S. Burroughs. His 1962 novel The Soft Machine includes a character known as “Uranian Willy, the Heavy Metal Kid.” Burroughs’s next novel, Nova Express (1964), develops the theme, using heavy metal as a metaphor for addictive drugs: “With their diseases and orgasm drugs and their sexless parasite life forms - Heavy Metal People of Uranus wrapped in cool blue mist of vaporized bank notes - And The Insect People of Minraud with metal music”
There’s no way around it — the Shostakovich quartets are intense, like page-turning thrillers, as they pull you into his world.
"When I met Cecil Taylor it was a complete transformation of musical identities. All the tenets that I had grown up with were thrown out the window." Archie Shepp
Jimi Hendrix backstage at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, 1968. Photo by Jim Marshall.
Sometimes the things that make a concert great don’t make it to a live recording. How could it be otherwise? So much of what exalts the moment isn’t even in the performer’s hands. What did you imbibe before you arrived? Who are you with, and how do you feel about them? How do you react to a space’s sound and light? And then there are the extra-musical aspects of the performance. This CD comes from just such a concert; I know, because I was there. It documents a performance that found Rob Mazurek at an intersection of great and terrible life events, including the release of some excellent new recordings, the completion of a successful concert tour and the death two months earlier of his mother.
“All of my songs are carefully written. They’re crafted. It’s not like I freestyle with lyrics that I spit off the top off my head. Everything is done with a lot of care and precision. If they need to be outlined, if the lyrics need a lot of research, or analytical observation, I put in the time.”