Rhymes with Seltzer

Just got the prepublication proofs on as dandy, cool, and cookin' a rock book as has passed this desk in many moons: Got Some, or: And, by Arlo Guthrie. So excellent izzit, in fact, that I cannot bee-lieve it was writ by the no-talent numbo (and soiler of the nom de Guthrie) who "gave" the world "Alice's Restaurant."

Who'd've thunk he had it in him, eh? But this hefty tome (698 pages) contains MANY a cogent and intristing comment on the "pop" music we all love and care about, 'specially (for those older fans among us) the beloved Brit Invasion:

"Historically and aesthetically speaking, the 'backwards' part at the end of the Beatles' 'Rain' is more important than all the greatest things the Stones have ever done, put together. Which isn't to say it's even half as important as most things by Little Walter or Muddy Waters (or John Lee Hooker before 1962) . . . but still." But still, yeah.

"No band has ever approached the twin themes of inadequacy and inauthenticity with more potency and authenticity than those B.I. fellow travelers Guided by Voices." How true, how true.

The author stumbles occasionally (but hey—who duzn't?), like f'r inst the following: "The germplasm of Big Star's connection to the seminal Brits is nowhere more obvious than in the chord pattern of 'December Gurls,' brazenly copped (whole hog!) from 'Nowhere Man.'"

I presume Arlo means "September Gurls"—no big deal—but obvious? Brazen? I dunno chords from the a-hole of a warthog, but my ears tell me he's a mite off the mark. Can someone out there hip to chords tell us if the Ar-hole is right?

Arlo Guthrie plays the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. $18-$48

 
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