Thursday, January 19, 2012

"The Byrds Are Divine"- Lou Reed

I've been reading, off and on, Clinton Heylin's  All Yesterdays' Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print, 1966-1971, which, as the title alludes, collects all the press on the band contemporaneous with their lifespan.  The book includes a considerable amount of worthwhile pieces albeit sandwiched between some pretty dry and rote press notices. One of my favorites is an interview with Lou Reed by Ramblin' Jim Martin from Open City # 78 circa 1969 in which the following exchange caught my attention.

Lou Reed: I think Jim McGuinn is a very good guitar player, really exciting, you know: to this day, no one has done a better solo than "Eight Miles High." I mean, people should really support the Byrds; the Byrds are divine.

Jim: But they keep changing all the time------

Lou Reed: So WHAT?  People are so fucked up, they say "You changed, you didn't stay the same": so? Yeah, so WHAT?  It's the Byrds.

The Byrds were indeed divine, and with that endorsement ringing lets cue some clips-

                                   Notice McGuinn and Crosby have swapped outfits and guitars in this clip.