jazzville skyline: “…van is still the man…”

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…van is still the man…”

Let’s face it…the 80’s were a terrible time for music, especially for true artistic personalities like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Van Morrison…

A terrific new dvd documentary has been released about Van Morrison and those times…Titled, “Another Glorious Decade”, it continues on from the previous documentary, “A Glorious Decade”, and picks up right where they left off, with the release of his album “Veedon Fleece”…

Focusing on his struggle from 1977 to 1987, Van has never been one to suffer fools lightly, and that included mainly music critics…

It also included his record company, who he felt often shafted him when it came to promoting his work…It also didn’t help that Van himself would often skip interviews promoting his latest efforts…

And one of the interesting thing you have to remember about this time is, this was when artists were still putting out two or even three albums a year, as opposed to nowadays where it takes them three years to put out one album, so his ‘lack of involvement’ for almost three years, didn’t help matters much either…

And…for the man who brought us albums like “Astral Weeks”, “Moondance”, “Saint Dominic’s Preview”, and “Veedon Fleece”, it wasn’t easy to be relevant during a time when the music industry became more concerned about the bottom line than the lines in a song…

But when the music started coming again, it came in the glorious vinyl results of albums like “Common One”, “Wavelength”, “Into The Music” and “No Guru No Method No Teacher”…

Even at this point, however, controversy would follow him throughout the decade, with his infamous show at New York’s Palladium, where he came out, did three numbers, and walked off the stage, adding to his already ‘curmudgeon’ image…

His image, however, never factored into his devotion to songwriting…And that’s what allowed Van, as well as a few other true artists, to survive the dreadful eighties decade…

And thankfully, the survival continues…


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