“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, May 27, 2022

Alan White RIP

 The drummer of Yes, erstwhile drummer for Lennon. To be absolutely honest I prefer his drumming to Bill Bruford's, in the end (!). Yeah I know I know but, technically proficient isn't the same as musically powerful. Heavy heavy action paintings. 

This is another heretical thing especially as I love 70s Yes. But I also love 80s Yes and this is an underrated amazing album, one of their best, and this is one of the most extraordinary things they ever made, I feel. Underground nuclear testing is a theme in the background, and world revolution is the foreground. And it's got some extra heavy White drumming...


Unknown said...

do you like bill bruford in king crimson? discipline era, THRAK, larks' tongues in aspic?

Timothy Morton said...

my dad played the violin solo on Larks' Tongues in Aspic. You can hear the difference between him and Cross (the other stuff--sorry Cross, not as good). Yes.