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keith and gram at nellcôte, 1971. photo by d. tarlé.
Filed under: boston, crazy, current events, i was born in the wrong decade, i'm serious, kafka, keith richards, leonard cohen, magic, music, new england, things i like
i almost died of pure joy on sunday at the JFK library. here’s why.
1. i was within 15 feet of leonard cohen, paul simon, chuck berry, elvis costello, al kooper.
2. i was about 5 feet away from keith richards. i waved at him as he was getting on the elevator. he looked straight at me and smiled. it was a life highlight.
3. bob dylan sent an email to congratulate chuck berry [on the PEN new england songwriting award] that said, “give my regards to leonard cohen, the kafka of the blues, and lord byron keith if he shows up.” the greatest. no one says it like bob.
4. leonard cohen made a short, wry speech. and paul simon talked for a bit.
5. keith and elvis played chuck berry’s “promised land” on stage.
still processing all of this. it felt surreal, especially since i didn’t even plan on going to the event until the last minute, but it was all the more awesome for its spontaneity. a lucky day if there ever was one.
because it’s still kurt cobain’s birthday for another half hour here.
because i inexplicably woke up in a good mood this morning.
edvard munch, vampire ii (lithograph), 1895/1913. brilliance.
“men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
– edgar allan poe, “eleonora”
“john in a less serious moment in his personal
recording studio in his weybridge home in 1967.”
donovan on the isle of skye, late 60’s. breathtaking.
a lesson from 1970 keith: if you’re hanging around and bored, put on lots of eyeliner. then still hang around, but look excellent while doing it.