Robert Rauschenberg’s Quiet House—Black Mountain (pictured here) was taken by the artist when he was in his early twenties, just beginning his journey as an artist. In our newly-launched online Rauschenberg Research Project, you can learn more about this early photograph and explore related materials, photographs, and museum documents.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, “Quiet House—Black Mountain”, 1949; printed 1981; Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Jason Isbell tells Terry Gross about his parents’ views on him being a musician:
My dad, he worries a bit, usually with good reason. There were quite a few years there where he was probably trying to resign himself to fact that I wouldn’t live too much longer, just because of the way I was living. … There was a moment for Dad where he realized it was going to work out as a career and he called me, he pulled over on the side of the road in his truck, this is probably 8 or 9 years ago. He was listening to demos from my first solo record; he pulled over on the side of the road on his way to work and called me and said, ‘Well, son, I don’t think you’re going to need a backup plan. I think you can go ahead and do this. I just wanted to tell you that.’ Which is a big deal for my father. It was always, ‘Have something to fall back on.’
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although I have spent many parlor-hours having ~thoughts~ about Richman’s (and, subsequently/consequently, Byrne’s) thematic concerns, specifically how it’s hard to insist on a pre-/non-sexual focus on relationships in music without coming off at least a little reactionary: although I say I have done lots of hand-wringing about this issue, this is awesome
also he’s right about the Four Seasons
Emmylou Harris tells Terry Gross about getting the news that Gram Parsons had died:
I just got a call from Eddie Tickner, who was Gram’s manager and my manager, and he said, “I have some terrible news. You know, Gram died last night.” And it was such a shock, you know. I think when you’re young, in your 20s, you think you’re going to live forever and you think everybody you know is going to live forever.
And so it was really difficult to absorb the news and figure out how to grieve, how to go about dealing with this loss of this person who was so important to, you know, as a friend and someone who I cared about very deeply. But also, so much of my life and music, which was so important to me at that point, he was like my teacher and the direction and everything.
I do my laundry every week.
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