Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pop Stalinism lives, at least if Arthur Russell's Sleeping Bag Sessions is any indication. Sure I'm glad Bonzo Goes to Washington's "5 Minutes" has been officially digitized for future generations to shrug at, the "drooling erotic glee" (Dave Marsh's phrase) of Reagan's infamous on-mike pronouncement aside, but claiming it as Russell's creation when all he did was mix it (the alias belonged not to Russell but to Jerry Harrison and Bootsy Collins) is stretching it quite a little bit. Jess Harvell has more here.