Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Michael Lydon: The Bitingly Fine Quality of Great Music Writing
The other wonderful thing he wrote was an article about Chuck Berry for Ramparts magazine back in the 1960s. My brother brought Ramparts into our home, and that copy sat around until I discovered Chuck Berry myself a few years later. What a treat. It told the story about Lydon's attempted meeting with Berry at Berry Park. Didn't exactly work out. One line from the story has stood out for me as distinctly as the etched steel line: as he shuts down the interview before it even starts, Mr. Berry says something like: "Standing in the sun ain't my shot." I think that line all the time-- but it just wouldn't sound right coming from my mouth. The Ramparts story was later published in Lydon's bood "Rock Folk," which can still be found on Amazon.com. Bought mine about a year ago. The book includes other good stories-- one about B.B. King stands out for me.
Here's his website: http://www.michaellydon.com/