Wednesday, November 28, 2007
'Rock Dreams', by Guy Peellaert and Nic Cohn.
copyright Guy Peellaert
"Sam Cooke. Sam Cooke, shot dead in a motel, was black but dressed up white, sang Soul but wrote Teendreams, wagged his ass but gently, with a certain deference." Nic Cohn
Copyright Guy Peellaert
'Buddy Holly. Hey, what happened? One moment I was in Lubbock, Texas, and I had bad teeth, bad eyes and sang with my nostrils and adenoids, hiccoughing and whining. Everyone said I was crazy, so I left and came to New York, an I met a man who straightened my teeth, gave me new glasses, dressed me up real Italian sharp. Next he called me Buddy Holly, and what kind of name is that? Then he sent me out on tour, and put me on TV, and now I'm a Rock'n'Roll star. I like it. Everywhere I go, girls scream at me, boys ask for my autograph and I ride around in a Cadillac. But sometimes I can't believe it - I remember Lubbock, Texas, and everybody laughing and I ask myself, can it last?"... Nic Cohn
I got this book featuring incredible works by Belgian illustrator Guy Peellaert accompanied by Nic Cohn's writing as a present at the age of 12. Having not seen the work in years I was really happy to buy myself a new copy.