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Loretta Lynn
born April 14, 1932

Punk's Revenge

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As she turns 90, Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose, her comeback at age 70, doesn't sound a day over 50. And in this 2004 article, Courtney Love goes up against Barbra Streisand... now who's crying?

America’s Sweetheart, Courtney Love. Virgin, 2004.
Auf Der Maur, Melissa Auf der Maur. Capitol, 2004.
Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn. Interscope, 2004. 

...AND IF YOUR ARE CURIOUS about how the White Stripes turned garage rock into Top Ten material, you’re going to love what Jack White has done for country legend Loretta Lynn on her new album, Van Lear Rose. Now 70, Loretta Lynn takes a page from the Johnny Cash book of C&W elder statesman: teaming up with a young producer to bypass Nashville’s stale formulas.

These days, it’s almost as dangerous to sneer at punk as it is country and western.

The result is a set of all-original Lynn songs that mint traditional themes with alt-attitude. In “Family Tree,” she takes her kids to visit her husband’s lover for a public rebuke that would make a reality show producer blush... keep reading

the world slams back

Maria Bamford liked one of my tweets.

 “America needs understanding of ‘warts and all’ history, filmmaker Ken Burns says,” Channel 4 News headline, April 2, 2022. Except for Country and Western music, Jazz, and Vietnam.


The Worst Person in the World (2021), Joachim Trier's essay on how beauty confers sympathy even as his protaganist Julie (Renate Reinsve) flakes out on sympathetic boyfriends, sneaks in a couple Nilsson tracks ("I Will Take You There," and "I Said Goodbye to Me") as if trying to coopt that singer's enormous good will. As LRB's Michael Wood says, these "characters are constantly surprised by the ordinary, and the concept of depth seems new on them." The dying Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) steals the movie right away from his ex-partner ("played ... with an amiable calm that fails to conceal worry"). And it goes out with Art Garfunkel singing Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March." Triers's tonal delicacy leaves you hoping this selection rings ironic.

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Catherine Cohen
Because sex, famously, has "no consequences..." 

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Coal Miner's Daughter, Loretta Lynn, MCA, 1971  
Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn (inexplicably missing from Apple)
America's Sweetheart, Courtney Love, Virgin, 2004

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