Syd Barrett Will Save Your Psychotic Soul

Re-posting an abbreviated version of this one, which I was fortunate enough to have featured in The Junction. The full essay now appears here. It’s no good trying to say what went wrong with him. By all appearances, Syd Barrett — original frontman of Pink Floyd — lost his mind. But whether he was schizophrenic as rumored or on …

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2019 – New Interests, A New Publication, A Nu Start

Hi. I’m Merry, and I’m one of those people. Who makes the new year into something grander than an arbitrary demarcation that persists mainly so fiduciary bookkeeping has a frame of reference and so there’s something — anything — over which we as a breed don’t so disagree that we’re ready to deflate each other’s skulls with meat cleavers …

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll (review)

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll by Ann & Nancy Wilson, with Charles R. Cross Publisher: HarperAudio Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2012 Star rating: All of 'em. You will be impressed by Nancy Wilson’s ballsy poise when she encountered a dangerous stranger while hitchhiking. You will laugh picturing …

Out With the Lightning, in With the Sea: Rock and Roll and Mascots From Nature

Metallica rides it; AC/DC's partial to its throaty echo. It formed the storm that damn near killed Stillwater. Its name is Lightning, Angry Scribble of the Skies, and it's probably the manifestation of nature most closely associated with rock music--and probably because, the mythos goes, it is just so sexy dangerous. In light of that, …