Day #27: Wolfmother – “Pleased to Meet You”
I’ve been reading rock journalist/band manager/label executive Danny Goldberg’s Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. On rock n’ roll’s revered literary celebrities, Goldberg writes:
[I]t was Allen Ginsberg whose talent and soul was the largest source of fusion between beatniks and rockers. Dylan had paid homage to Ginsberg by placing him in the opening-credits sequences of the film Don’t Look Back. The Beatles had derived their very name from the beatniks. In the mid-nineties I released Ginsberg’s last recording, “Ballad of the Skeletons.” He had persuaded Paul McCartney to overdub a bass part and I needed Allen to call the Beatle to make sure we got legal right to use his name. Afterward Allen came into my office giggling and told me that after cheerfully agreeing, McCartney had boasted to Ginsberg, ‘You know, I read Howl before John did.’
Oh Paul, you pretentious ass.