“You might find yourself mesmerized just watching the crowd, scanning shot to shot for people you want to follow, to check their reactions, just to see what they’re doing. The dancing, the smiles—there’s an autonomy here that matches anything coming from the stage, and not everything on the stage is worth preserving.”
Questlove’s Summer of Soul, reviewed in the August 2021 edition of Real Life Rock Top 10.
Los Angeles Review of Books, August 28, 2021
Your latest Real Life Top 10 column ends with the front cover of Mother Earth’s first album; founding Mother Earth member Powell St. John (whose songs were also recorded by the 13th Floor Elevators, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and others) passed away just a few days before. I’m assuming your image choice was just a coincidence (it was, right?), but I thought you might want to know. (https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2021-08-23/powell-st-john-brought-us-the-message-1940-2021/)