September 25, 2008 12:04 AM Subscribe
“In the condition I was in, it assumed at the time the quality of a beacon, a light on the far shores of the murk; what's more, it was proof that there was something left to express artistically besides nihilism and destruction.”
posted by philip-random (36 comments total)
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Lester Bangs on the topic of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks
which began recording exactly 40 years ago today in Century Sound Studios NYC.
Released less than two months later, it might not have changed popular music forever. But it definitely changed
a few lives
A recent take
on the title song by the man himself.
Glen Hansard's 2008 Bonaroo version
, which proves it's really just rebel Irish folk after all.
A 1989 version of 1980's Summertime in England
, just because.
The metaphysics of something or other
That whole Lester Bangs essay
A recent biography
just in case you were under the impression that Van was actually a nice guy.