here’s an article from Prisonship unconditional endorsee Andrew Earles‘ defunct zine, Cimarron Weekend. as far as i know, it is the most exhaustive account of the infamous and legendary Annual Association of Rockwriters Convention of 1973(, during which the relatively obscure Big Star famously put on a legendary show.) the article seems to explore both the, uh, political economy industry financing of the (largely Ardent/Stax-sponsored) event, and the, uh, zeitgeist vibe surrounding this, uh, apotheosis touchstone moment for a certain style of rockwriting that’s ripped off by half-wits like me (and worse) even today. for Lester Bangs, this implied the Kerouac-y (but also Thomas Wolfe-y) addition of a lot of inner blubber into rock-talk; for Richard Meltzer, it involved subtracting “the music” from what (more naive souls than) he would imagine to be a semi-autonomous critical space of “rockwriting,” neither “rockin'” nor necessarily “critical.” i am starting to think that the best of Forced Exposure (including Meltzer’s) ultimately surpassed this so-often-namechecked 1970s cohort, but i am excited to learn more about the actual context in which such early and awesome and overly-idealized writing went down.
i say the article “seems to” describe these things because i am so excited to read it that i cannot read it. maybe you can? did jim derogatis actually write this article, btw, or is that part of a joke i shouldn’t be expected to get? either way, i am excited for the day Earles takes all the back issues of Cimarron Weekend down to the scanner at Kinko’s. i’m hoping there’s a lot of reviews of albs by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Primal Scream, Jermaine Jackson, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Gorilla Biscuits, Mumia abu-Jamal, and Jello Biafra. until then, i’ll just not read this article. yes, i will.
[postscript: of course DeRogatis wrote this, he’s the Lester Bangs bio guy. shame on me.]