Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Watch This Show: M.I.A. Live (Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, November 11, 2013), Get This Album: M.I.A.'s "Matangi", Read This Book: "The Rhino Records Story", Watch This Film: "Kill Your Darlings"

Went to L.A. this week, (realized it was 30 years after I first moved to California and spent a year in L.A.), saw M.I.A. in concert, listened to her new album a lot, as well as new Arctic Monkeys and Babyshambles (feat. Pete Doherty of The Libertines), started reading a new book "The Rhino Records Story" by Harold Bronson (about the venerable L.A. institution record store turned record label and indie film producers of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"), and went to a new film "Kill Your Darlings", starring Daniel Radcliffe (from the Harry Potter movies) as poet Allen Ginsberg, and Michael C. Hall (of "Six Feet Under" and "Dexter") as David Kammerer, a friend of William Burroughs from St. Louis who moved to New York in the 1940s, where the Beats were incubating in the world of Columbia University, and where he was killed by Lucien Carr, a friend of Jack Kerouac and Ginsberg. I thought about the late Lou Reed, and some L.A. friends who are no longer with us, and talked to a friend about the 20th anniversary of the Amnesty Now! concerts (now out on DVD) and next year's 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, which changed everything.

                                                                                David Kammerer

                     "...Those were different times..."