Friday, April 3, 2009


--- On Thu, 4/2/09, John French <> wrote:
p.s. in 2003 THIRTY THOUSAND people showed-up for the Rusted Root show at Hartwood Acres = (Yeah, there was an article in the paper the next day titled "Rusted Root Draws Big Crowd") = Well, they will be playing again this September 2009 to promote their first studio album since 2002 = Yeah, Judge Max Baer, chairman of the Allegheny Music Trust, at that time,personally told me backstage that he knew RR would be the biggest show ever there and he had been trying to get them for four years = The album comes out May 5th 2009 and some crowd Favs already (from seeing live shows from east coast to west and in in the middle states) are Dance in the Middle, Suspicious Minds, Drivin', Garbage Man = which you can hear on my myspace = I had dinner w/ Michael Glabicki a couple weeks ago and, really, the dude is in prime form and already workin' on the next set of songs = I'll be sending a copy of Rebel as Poet: Rimbaud and Jim Morrison by Wallace Fowlie w/ copies of hand written notes to me from Wallace Fowlie (he wrote for me after I visited him at his home) to Glabicki's solo manager = no other than Bill Siddons = manager of the world famous Doors = I got to meet in L.A. at the L.A. HOB while I was staying at Chateau Marmont

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Rebel as Poet: Rimbaud and Jim Morrison by Wallace Fowlie = Entertainment Weekly Book Review

I'll get to the online Entertainment Weekly Book Review in a second here.

This book that I have in our library has a personalized inscription inside by Wallace Fowlie that reads: "For John Alan Conte`, Jr., our frienship begun here - March 13 1996 Wallace Fowlie"

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Rimbaud And Jim Morrison: The Rebel As Poet
Wallace Fowlie

By D.A. Ball
''Dear Wallace Fowlie...thanks for doing the Rimbaud translation...I am a rock singer and your book travels around with me.'' The 1968 note was signed Jim Morrison, but French literature professor Fowlie had no idea who that was. Like all good teachers, Fowlie asked his students and began applying his expertise to what they taught him. Twenty-six years later, the result is this lucid exploration of common ground between French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud and rock poet Morrison: the myths surrounding each, the forces that drove their astonishingly brief careers, and their electrically terse word-pictures. Rimbaud And Jim Morrison: The Rebel As Poet is good old-fashioned scholarly criticism that illuminates the poetry instead of ego-lighting the critic. Some will find it densely academic. But Morrison reportedly once said, ''Let's just say I was testing the boundaries of reality,'' and Fowlie, now a Duke professor emeritus, is that rare academician who can truly help us savor what Jim Morrison meant. A-