Saturday, August 19, 2006

Vague opinion piece. Certain magickal intent.

It's just struck me. The plot of The Who's new song cycle (kinda, vaguely) reminds me of that of Peter Milligan and Philip Bond's VERTIGO POP! LONDON miniseries. And great it was too. It involved an old rock star, a sort-of Ray Davies/Pete Townshend analogue, performing a body swap with a clueless young busker. Various and sundry Milliganesque complications ensue. Anyway, it raised several cogent points about ageism in the music biz, some of which I'm reading into WIRE AND GLASS as well, such as how one way to buck the "better to burn out than to fade away" myth might be to adopt a false, younger, persona. Even if that persona exists only within the work, rather than outside in the real world.

Can't believe this has never been collected into a trade, either: it's primo work by two great creators.


Anonymous said...

didn't townshend have an aging rock star thing going with psychoderilict [sic]?

Mark said...

Yup, a semi-autobiographical, self-satirising thing based on his relationships with a couple of female rock journos, by all accounts.

And like PSYCHODERELICT, the new work seems to allude heavily to concepts from LIFEHOUSE, too.

redlib said...

What's a busker? From context, sounds like young stud. Let me know so I can start making "busker" work here in the states.

RAB said...

Also see The Boy Who Heard Music for some of Pete's prose on the same topic. The backstory of Lifehouse is a big deal to me, it really is, and has been since I first heard of it in the late Seventies...but I worry he may have gone to that well a few times too often.

I could tell redlib what a busker is, but how much will you pay me to stand outside her house and serenade her with my rendition of "Mary" instead?

Mark said...

Well, the busker in LONDON is a young stud. But it's a street musician who hustles for small change. What're they called in the states anyhow?