Right Here, Right Now, etc etc
July 30, 2009 2:55 PM Subscribe
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Poet and poetry/film/music/culture critic Joshua Clover
has been posting excerpts from his upcoming book 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About
over at his blog
These are short, articulate lyric essays on the entwined fates of the pop music and history of (and around) the year 1989. To find the excerpts on the blog, look for the book's black, white, and yellow cover image as you scroll down (although all of his posts are worth a read). Here are a few of my favorites, if you're looking for a place to start:
, from the book's intro, which poses this question: "Having turned its 200-second attentions on a fairly regular basis to politics, to social change, to revolution
, what does pop music do when confronted with an overwhelming surfeit of same?"
Sinead O'Connor and "Nothing Compares 2 U"
's multi-faceted approach
, shame, and the word "creep"