Sometimes I even stump myself... Good Wodnesdæg to you and welcome to another entry in the Song for Odin lists. Or, list rather. There's only one list, really, and this is it, for what it's worth. As you'll know if you've followed my activities over the past three years or so, the program here is, I produce a video resource of a song by or done by my band or me alone and type up some commentary. So here I am doing "I Wrote a Book about Rock and Roll" on a Sunday afternoon at a secret "Massoneria Ramonica" BBQ somewhere in Italy during the 2012 Art Tour with Kepi: https://youtu.be/_cjxq_CUSnE Massoneria Ramonica = the Ramones Masons, I know that. And that's about all I know about the Ramones Masons. I played the barbecue but wasn't initiated into anything, wasn't given an apron or a sword or threatened with death by lightning if I divulged any secret rituals or anything like that. I was just the entertainment. You're in the middle of nowhere in Italy and you're asked to play a secret set for a secret gathering of a secret society called the Ramones Masons, you just sort of go with it, that's my policy. I'd do it again. Anyway, this isn't a bad rendition, and I like the ambience, if ambience means what I think it does. We were all having a good time and you can tell. You can see Kepi and various punk rock and Massoneria Ramonica luminaries shuffling in and out of frame doing this and that, almost just like real life. That shirt I'm wearing is some T shirt art by the great Paolo Proserpio. There's some background about that 2012 Art Tour in other entries, a couple of which are linked below if you're interested. I wrote a pretty substantial essay trying to account for and "explain" this song on its previous appearance as a Song for Odin a couple years back. Snips: 'Local bands and music writers often came into conflict because they (or rather we, the bands) wanted them (the writers) to write about us and our records, while they… did not want to write about us and our records. There was a built-in adversarial relationship, though in retrospect it can be seen that both camps had basically the same objective, which was to use each other (or not as the case may be) to get noticed and remunerated by the wider world. Moreover, a lot of these music writers tended to be rather arrogant, silly, and pretentious. 'The scenario was ripe for satire... though I concede, and the song implicitly acknowledges, that in the bigger picture such complaints were and are just as silly... 'And now, of course, no one gets paid at all, for anything, by anyone, so it’s basically moot. Rock critics may be just as pretentious, but they tend to be more humble these days, as they must, like the local bands they once might have trashed or ignored. We’re all in the same boat, with equally dubious claims to justification for our existence... 'It’s all water under the bridge now, and it’s still a good song that I flatter myself to think still holds up twenty years later despite its being situated in a largely vanished world. We grumbled about it a lot at the time, but that world (of music being worth more than zero and people getting paid for art and writing about art) was in some respects a better world than what we’ve got now, despite everything being “free.” Or so I would maintain.' And we'll leave it at that, my friends. Until such time as we meet again, I will endeavor to remain, your Song for Odin. notes: -- studio recording (the Mtx forever remaster): https://youtu.be/cPODiHvPCnA -- previous Song for Odin write-up for this song: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1066755935668592640?referrer=frankportman -- more on the 2012 Art Tour: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023625720721571840?referrer=frankportman -- still more on the 2012 Art Tour: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1076913856445161472?referrer=frankportman -- Art Tour poster: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023612798049976320 -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #video #punkrock #minds
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