From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 13 2006 - 06:37:06 PST
Chuck Kleinhans wrote:
> I think all of us who know Fred Camper in person, not just on
> Frameworks, had an epiphany when imagining teen Fred wearing an
> Hawaiian shirt, and groovin' to "Be True To Your School"....Fun, Fun,
Sorry to disappoint, but no Hawaiian shirt, ever, and "Be True To Your
School" is one of the worst of their early songs. Now "Farmer's
Daughter," that's something else...And I was listening to much more Bach
than Brian back then too.
The two Richard Lester Beatles films are another matter from their
music. I'm not a big fan but they did have a certain something.
The reassign I brought this up at all is that I have long thought that
Western classical music, the kind of intense moment-to-moment attention
"it requires, and its layered complexity, is much better "training: for
viewing and understanding the best film art than most rock. "Scorpio
Rising" has a great sound track, and I like a lot of it as music, and
there is certainly a parallel between the "vivacity" (a word Anger
likes) of that kind of music and the intense colors of his imagery, but
in the end I think Phil Spector style layering of sound (which I also
like a lot -- so you can imagine me bicycling through Boston singing "Da
Doo Ron Ron," I suppose) is less complex and less deeply rewarding than
what Anger does with color, composition, and editing.
And doesn't have to be "Western classical music"; some jazz, and the
classical traditions of China and Japan and India, are surely as complex.
It's just that I don't think most of the most popular rock songs are
such a good parallel. I prefer Harry Smith's "Early Abstractions"
silent, which is how I first saw it at a public screening, not with that
whole Beatles side.
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