Clinton Heylin - Babylon Is Burning: From Punk to Grunge C/D

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Wonder if he was the first one to record Kinky Friedman saying “it’s a short step from the limo to the gutter.”

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 June 2021 18:23 (one month ago) link

I actually agree with his criticisms when it comes to albums like Infidels (at least in terms of the worst songs and the three outtake that should've made it), Oh Mercy and his argument that the original all-NY version of Blood on the Tracks was even better. So many others have made similar arguments so his criticisms of those three LP's never seemed unusual. But he gets really presumptuous about why certain choices were made, and more often than not he makes his arguments with a lot of bile and arrogance. And he can greatly exaggerate the differences - like, an alternate take can seem better, but that doesn't necessarily mean every other one (including the chosen master) is a garbage track.

birdistheword, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:28 (one month ago) link

my first encounter with clinton heylin was his dylan recording sessions book, where he begins by explaining that his book is not dissimilar to mark lewisohn's book on the beatles except that he, heylin, is far superior to lewisohn and his subject is far superior to lewisohn's subject.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 11 June 2021 23:02 (one month ago) link

I like his Dylan book, dislike -- disliked at the time-- his contempt for women

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 June 2021 00:42 (one month ago) link

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