A Call for ‘Kurt Cobain Plaza’

He is not from here but is the voice of a new America, a prophet, in the spirit of lineage of Whitman

Ok, I admit it was I who under a nom de plume posted an attack on the effort to re-name Lytton Plaza for a then recently deceased prominent Palo Alto clan figurehead and namesake. I spoofed the idea by posting lyrics based on Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. (I did a second similar thing a year or so later, against the proposal to build an office tower at 27 University: “27 Nation Army” spoof on White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”)

And to be honest, if someone can be honest or that courageous on the internet or their own blog, I did lay low for a while at some point in my 10 year run as a political asprirant or dissident here because I was concerned that there would be some push back or revenge from the powerful forces that had skin in the game (meaning millions or billions of dollars behind them, and many many friends — ie. I might be making enemies just being me, and speaking my conscience).

Or, I could be slightly paranoid.

I remember staying up late and watching SNL in its heyday and Talking Heads came on and sang “Take me To The River” and I was transfixed; I had never seen a pop music vocal of that variety.

I did not see:

until ten minutes ago. Wow. I posted:
This is fucking mindblowing. Or Nevermind, blow me. (ok, I wrote it in code: this is f’ing mind-blowing.Or never-mind-blowyo. “Yo” meaning I in Spanish).

So although I’ve always been a fan of Nirvana

this goes in the wrong newshole but:

Vagina. Phil Winston was fired for saying “Vagina”. Eve Ensler wrote about her vagina. Lisa Brown an elected official in Michigan castigated right wing pols in her state, apropos of Roe V Wade said “Thank you for your interest in my vagina”.
Censorship is unamerican, yo. Freedom of expression is as American as my Mom’s….apple pie.

Another important Casti grad in music, besides Grace Slick nee Wing is Rupa Marya of Rupa & The April Fishes. She has a recent song that goes “It’s not about a woman not saying ‘no’ its about a woman saying ‘hell, YES!'” but I’m not sure what its about. Go ask Alice.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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