Saturday, May 28, 2011
In his updated preface, King writes about his struggle in creating a vampire story in post-Vietnam America. The villians are Nixonian: they rarely appear and tend to work in the shadows. In many ways, the story owes more to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, rather than the classic Dracula story. The novel has bleak conclusion where the forces of evil prevail adds to the novel's power. King takes awhile to develop the story so the middle is slow, but the final 200 pages are spellbinding.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In 1979, the Clash regrouped and wrote one of rock's all-time great albums. The iconic cover, with Simonson smashing his bass guitar, symbolized their rage at the bleak world of 1970s Great Britain. But as Gray points out, a recurring theme throughout the album is dealing with that anger and channeling it towards positive ends. The styles of the songs move from 1950s rockabilly, disco, reggae, ska, rock - blending genres and styles in a way not seen since the Beatles. Many of the songs originated from newspaper articles, books, and movies they were watching - with subjects running the gambit from the Spanish Civil War, Montgomery Clift, consumerism, coca-cola, and revolutionary politics.