Juxtoposing the simplicity of Lana Del Ray with the Complexity of Laurie Anderson

A quote from Lana Del Ray reminds me how simple Rock and Roll, Country, and Folk can be.  At age 18, her uncle taught her how to play guitar, beginning with basic chords: "It was G, C, A, D minor, A minor and some diminished chord as well. Some trick, some shortcut," Del Rey recalled. "I realized I could probably write a million songs with those six chords, so I moved to New York and I took a couple of years to just write whatever I wanted."
YOU CAN write a million songs with those chords ...throw in an E chord and make it the history of modern music.

Now throw in the compexity of Laurie Anderson and her 1981 non hit O Superman which is being played as background music on the new HTC commercial on SNL.  It was too cool, interesting, and performance art to played on MTV .  Thank goodness for the USA network show from the 80's NIGHTFLIGHT.

Here is Laurie Anderson


Diablo Cody is known for Juno with Ellen Page, Jennifer's Body with Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, and Young Adult, with Charlize Theron as well as helping with the United States Of Tara.  Here , from 's popular series are Ten Facts about Diablo Cody

  1. Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, 
  2.  Moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband.
  3. She was a stripper as a hobby in Minnesota .
  4. She was also a phone sex operator
  5. Diablo Cody is a pen name.
  6. Took her pen name on a trip to Cody, Wyoming. "Diablo" is Spanish for "devil".
  7. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in media studies
  8. Has been a recurring columnist for Entertainment Weekly
  9. Gave birth to a son, Marcello Daniel Maurio, on Tuesday (July 27, 2010).
  10. Resides in Los Angeles, California

Little Steven 1983

In 1983 Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven Van Zant of The E Street Band and the Sopranos were kicked out of Disneyland because of the way they were dressed.  Here was Steve's response  


                I was thrown out of Disneyland today. The psychic scars this caused date back to a seven-year old who faithfully watched Mickey strike up the band every afternoon and lusted after Annette until about 15 years later (I still need a shot of Skippy peanut butter now and then).

                I had heard about discrimination back in the Sixties, having to do with “Longhairs” not being allowed in. Although even then I somehow figured this rule – if it existed – would probably apply to long-haired guitar players and not, say, long-haired violin players. I think that double standard would also apply today because I found that the rule I couldn’t believe existed is in fact being strictly enforced. The fact is this visual discrimination, the concept of a dress code at all, is a serious flaw in our legal system and is nothing short of legalized prejudice.

                At Disneyland, enforcing this ridiculous law is also an attack on rock and music and all the people who believe in it. They’re telling me nobody rocks in the Magic Kingdom. Nobody expresses their individuality in the Magic Kingdom except maybe that guy in the rodent suit. It’s the ideal fairground for James Watt.

                As a country we made great strides in the Sixties, mostly in the area of civil rights for blacks, and that was great. But now we have an ever growing number of the population, of which I am a part, who express themselves visually; those whose appearances are an important form of self-expression.

                Every human being is born with a uniqueness which society eventually forced him to suppress. I believe that when young children are forced to conform in this way, the frustration creates serious problems later on. The lack of self-expression becomes self-destructive, often resulting in violence or drug use or excessive drinking or any number of outlets of which I am sure Walt Disney wouldn’t have approved.

                The idea of a dress code is a gaping loophole in the very civil rights laws everyone fought so long and hard to get passed. For example, if Disneyland didn’t want to admit black people, all they would have to say is that they don’t like the way they are dressed. Twenty years of humanitarian progress down the drain.

                Of course, the most blatant prejudice a dress code suggests is against the poorer segments of society who perhaps can’t afford to attire themselves in clothing of which the security guard approved (depending on his mood that day).

                Obviously dress codes don’t begin and end at Disneyland. They are an embarrassment to our society in whatever restaurant, club or public facility they exist. But I think any place billing itself as “The Happiest Place On Earth” is a good place to start.

                So I think it is time to boycott Disneyland until the vague and unfair dress code they enforce is abolished once and for all. The First Amendment to the Constitution is freedom of speech and expression. People who live their lives expressing themselves by the way they look, doing no harm to anyone, are entitled to the same rights that allow the Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members to run around protected by our tax dollars. Everyone should be entitled to the same protection under the law. Abolish legalized prejudice. Abolish all dress codes now.

                                                                Little Steven, 1983

                                                                Disciples of Soul

                                                                Manhattan, New York.