“There’s no right way, no pure way of doing it. There’s just doing it. We live in a post-authentic world. Today, authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you’re bringing when the lights go down.”
“Perhaps the most prophetic comment I’ve heard about pop over the past quarter century was made by Lester Bangs upon Elvis’s death.
In 1977, Lester Bangs said Elvis was probably the last thing we were all going to agree on, Public Enemy not counted. From here on in, you would have your heroes and I’d have mine.
The centre of your world may be Iggy Pop or Joni Mitchell or maybe Dylan, mine might be Kiss or Pearl Jam, but we would never see eye to eye and be brought together by one music again.
And his final quote in the article was “So, instead of saying goodbye to Elvis, I’m going to say goodbye to you.”
And while that’s been proven a thousand times over, still, here we are, in a town with thousands of bands, each with a style and philosophy and a song of their own, and I think the best of them feel they have the power to turn Lester’s prophecy inside out, and to beat his odds.”