I am usually at a concert New Year's Eve, and I had a tix for Govt Mule, unfortunately I've been battling a cold all year and was laid up once again. So I was stuck watching the ball drop on "ABC's Rockin' New Year" and I have yet to see a more depressing sight in my life than the speech impaired Dick Clark.
Clark, one of the great Mercian broadcasters, suffered a stroke in 2004 and returned to ABC 2005 into 2006. And it is really sad. I don't know if he is in pain, my father suffered a stroke and his face was partially paralyzed but he could still talk. Clark on the other hand, seems to be in pain as he speaks and works not as a joy of renewal but a signpost of a future yet to be reached. The perennial teenager, the Peter Pan of rock and roll, grew old and it bloody depressing.
Clark is 82 years old and has been counting down the ball drop in Time's Square to ring in the New Year since 1972 and all that is left is me feeling completely uncomfortable at watching the charade. It might no be fair, aging is both fair and unfair, it is a level playing field, but watching Dick Clark struggle isn't fait to him and certainly isn't fun for us. It is like a painful sticking your nose in the muck of your own transitional nature. If Dick Clark is past it, where does it leave us. And is it really, really, really what we want to see as the season draws to a close?
The ambivalence is self-evident, it feels like by calling for Clark's retirement we are in the process of warehousing the aged. Still, Clark is a very rich and very successful man. It is time for the American teenager to set down.
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”
his best song since “I Will See You In Far Off Places”
expected series of punk veterans
I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1980 (Volume 12, Number 6)
an almost indefinable purity