Tuesday, April 13, 2010

7 Screaming Swords and Swindles

Nothing against the fantasy genre, but I have always avoided reading Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné. Even (way) back when I was first reading Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, and other kids in my school were reading the Elric series, I never gave it much thought.

Perhaps it was snobbery on my part. Perhaps I considered the Elric books dimestore stuff. I judged books by their covers, I guess, and the Elric covers were nothing but a glorified version of Marvel's Mighty Thor comics (which, come to think of it, I did read from time to time).

I now know that I may have been short-changing myself out of a small though awesome chapter of rock history. Apparently, Michael Moorcock not only penned lyrics for the Blue Öyster Cult (an honorific he shares with wordsmiths  Richard Meltzer and Patti Smith), but he also wrote the Great Rock n' Roll Swindle (the fictionalized account of the Sex Pistols' feud with Malcolm McLaren). Since the Swindle is rare and (way) out of my price range, I might now have to make up for lost time and delve into the he-man world of Elric.

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