This past summer, I found myself in Chicago's Grant Park amid a sea of zealots. They were pushing and laughing, or cheering with their eyes squeezed closed in ecstasy. They were wearing t-shirts that said things like "He ate my heart" and "Just dance," body paint smeared with sweat in the August heat. There was not a place they would have rather been.They were there for Lady Gaga -- pop star, tabloid dream, contested feminist icon.
I was a few rows from Gaga herself, her chest heaving, her lips right up to the microphone and frozen in an open-mouthed snarl. The show was a tangle of set changes and light tricks and video montages, Ms. Gaga at the center of it, on the floor wearing ripped fishnets and a bubble dress spattered in fake blood, being humped by nearly naked greasy god-like gay dudes, shouting out every few minutes how much she loved us, her little monsters, how we can be anything we want to be!That's from Nona Willis Aronowitz' "Lady Gaga: Celebrity Feminist?" (On The Issues) -- and Nona Willis Aronowitz is the daughter of Ellen Willis. And, in May, a new collection of some of Ellen's most powerful rock writing comes out.
Meanwhile, are you waiting for a Carly Simon book? Me too. Bill Eville (Vineyard Gazette) reports on Stephen Davis who just finished writing a book on Led Zeppelin plans to complete a book on Carly next:
In the years since Led Zeppelin’s 1975 tour, Mr. Davis has built an impressive career writing about rock’s luminaries. His next book is about Carly Simon. The working title is I Believe in Love, The True Adventures of Carly Simon.
Although Mr. Davis has known Ms. Simon almost his entire adult life, as both a friend of her brother, Peter, and as a journalist writing reviews of her early albums and liner notes for her greatest hits album, he will not be a character in that book. The publishers didn’t see the merit in that stance. Perhaps LZ-’75 will change their minds.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"