Also little monsters stop it with the Katy Perry bs.
1) It’s alright GUY is less successful on the radio than Dark Horse. I thought Gaga’s fans didn’t care about that type of thing? I thought they only care about the art and the music? Or is that just Gaga herself?
2) Even if Katy Perry’s record label pays for radio plays and Twitter followers no one care because that’s how the music industry works. It’s all marketing stunts. You don’t think Gaga does that stuff too? Closing Roseland? A single with R Kelly? It’s all a big marketing stunt to gain attention, their labels are both going about it different ways though.
Earlier today I was reading Lipstick Traces by Greil Marcus. I first read it in college in 2001 in a seminar on Marx and Nietzsche. It opened my eyes to a very different kind of scholarship and a very different way of thinking about cultural history. I love that book. But reading it again all these years later I was stunned by how differently I feel about it. The scholarship is still strong, well-argued, and illuminating; but now I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the absurd narcissism of the whole project. This whole book because Greil Marcus felt a need to justify how amazing he felt when he heard the Sex Pistols; he went so far as to ascribe an entire secret and unconscious chain of historical relations and intellectual antecedents to them to give them the profundity they’d earned in his heart. It’s kind of amazing, brilliant, and sad all at once.
I mention this all because at one point in the book, he uses a quote that I love from Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth. “People pay to see others believe in themselves,” she said, “on stage, in the midst of rock ‘n’ roll, many things happen and anything can happen, whether people come as voyeurs or come to submit to the moment.”
That sort of sums up my feelings about Sleep No More, sixty shows and 3.something years later. This is a very complicated recap, because it involves a lot of history, and personal experiences, and opinions. If you’ve read this whole blog and come on this journey with me, a lot of this will make sense. If you don’t like that I “speak with authority” about things, do me the favor and tune out now. If it bothers you that my opinions invalidate your experiences, that’s too damn bad, load your own opinions with more conviction next time around and stop trying to invalidate my experiences with your opinions… about my opinions.
This is one of the most brilliant ways to put an end cap on a journey. Brilliantly acknowledging how over three years a person can change drastically, but a work of art will only experience the changes imposed by the viewers interpretation of said art.
We are lucky to have such a wealth of sound knowledge and understanding in Scorched. Anyone looking for a good read to help you access how a work of deeply personal art can change for a person should give this a read.