Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rock Notes

•I finally saw Ric Ocasek on the street, outside a guitar shop.  Sort of looked like the supervillain the Scarecrow.  "Unsettling," as a friend of mine put it.  I have to admit I once walked into the same guitar shop because I thought I saw Lou Reed in there.  I don’t think it was Reed, but I am now more convinced that it’s probably a good guitar shop.

•Weird-looking as Ocasek might be, it was Ozzy Osbourne who was declared a mutant last month, with scientists pointing out genetic abnormalities that may explain his tolerance for dangerous substances.  I think this warrants a cameo in next year's X-Men: First Class.

•Ronald Radosh -- best known for writing articles about politics (such as this one criticizing Glenn Beck) is also a music aficionado, and he reviewed a new book about Dylan for The American Interest.

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