News and Musings
For Morrison, it is his death that ultimately makes his music transcend and his mythic role resonate.
Slick sang “White Rabbit” not as popular entertainment, but as incantation.
The Rolling Stones’ identification with the physical and not spiritual world is metaphorical of the devil’s arch relationship to the savior.
The symbols the Beach Boys share with classic paradise mythologies—perfect harmony, healing water, eternal youth, gold—are all metaphors for purity and incorruptibility.
Dylan inhabited the role of the wandering mystical poet and established the “singer-songwriter” as the modern equivalent of the classic poet/prophet archetype.
The guy Ringo Starr called the “hip-swiveling man,” who Paul McCartney remembered, “just looked perfect,” and without whom, John Lennon stated, “there would be no Beatles.”