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  • Songs for Drella [Sire, 1990] A-

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Songs for Drella [Sire, 1990]
Lousy background music--absorb it over three or four plays, then read along once and file it away like a good novel. But like the novel it will repay your attention in six months, or 10 years. The music's dry because it serves words that make an argument worth hearing: Andy Warhol was a hard-working genius--a great artist, if you will--betrayed by hangers-on who no matter what carping philistines say gave a lot less to him than he did to them. Villain: Valerie Solanas, whose attempted assassination broke his generous spirit and turned him into "Society Andy." Inspirational Verse: "You might think I'm frivolous, uncaring and cold/You might think I'm frivolous--depends on your point of view." A-