“I went to a thing, called Burning Man. It’s this huge festival that happens out in the desert. And I went with my dad and my brother.
Right when I got there, some friends of friends showed up and they were likeHey, how are you guys doing? and they were like Hey, do you want some of this? and I was like Ah, what is that? and he would grip a bit, put it in my mouth and they were like That’s liquid acid.
And I did take acid once, when I was in high school and had a very rough time with it. I was not prepared. And it was like Ahhh, it’s too late!
You already put it in my mouth and then you told me what it was. That’s not fair! So,somebody has just given me acid and I’m likeI’m gonna be ok, I’m gonna make it, I’m gonna be ok. But he gave me, apparently, a lot of acidand I was not ok. I really didn‘t like it, I didn’t wanna be on acid.
Luckily, my dad was there. I used to sleep in my dad’s guitar case and he used to sing to me, all the time. I just crawled into my sleeping bag
and I was just holding onto reality by a very, very thin thread. And the only thing, that was like keeping me thinking that I was not gonna lose my mind, was my dad singing to me, outside my tent. So, he got to sit outside my tent, this was like 7/8 years ago, maybe 10 years ago, not too long ago, I was an adult in my late twenties and I’m like Dad, you gotta keep singing. It’s the only thing that’s keeping me here, right now.
and he was like
singing to me for hours and hours and hours.
But I learned a lesson about Burning Man and things that people put in your mouth, when you get there: If you ever go, be careful.“
On this day in music history: May 23, 1969 - “Tommy”, the fourth studio album by The Who is released. Produced by Kit Lambert, it is recorded at IBC Studios in London from September 19, 1968 - March 7, 1969. The twenty four track double album is a rock opera composed by Pete Townshend (with contributions from John Entwistle and Keith Moon) about a deaf, blind and mute boy who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, whose followers eventually turn on him in the end. Townshend takes inspiration from the teachings of Indian mystic Meher Baba, and the spiritual enlightenment he has found during the period he begins composing the songs. Musically, it is more sophisticated and complex than anything that the band has previously attempted, augmenting their traditional instrumentation with horns, keyboards, orchestral percussion, and intricate vocal harmonies. Recording sessions begin in the Fall of 1968, though they are constantly interrupted as the bands then perilous financial state forces them to go on the road to pay the bills. The original LP release is packaged in a tri-fold jacket with cover artwork by pop artist Mike McInnerney, also being packaged with a booklet containing the song lyrics. In the US, “Tommy” performs decently during its initial release. The band mounts a tour in support of the album, performing the work in its entirety, including a now legendary performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. It is during and after that tour that the album really takes off stateside. Following the concert at The Met, the buzz created by the performance, renews interest in the album, and drives it back up the charts to a new peak in the Summer and Fall of 1970. As a result, “Tommy” sells more than triple its initial US sales. It is regarded as a watershed moment in the bands history, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time. It spins off three singles including “Pinball Wizard” (#4 UK, #19 US Pop), “I’m Free” (#37 US Pop) and “See Me, Feel Me” (#12 US Pop). First released on CD in 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 1996 and again in 2003 as a two disc Deluxe Edition Hybrid SACD. The first disc contains the full album with the original stereo mix and a new 5.1 surround mix. The second disc contains outtakes and demos. In 2013, it is reissued as a three CD + Blu-ray disc Super Deluxe Edition. The CD’s are newly remastered with more outtakes, an entire disc featuring the album performed live in its entirety. The Blu-ray features stereo and 5.1 surround mixes. The US release featuring two discs, containing the stereo album and the live bootleg album. Long out of print on vinyl, it is reissued in Europe in 2013 and in the US in 2014. “Tommy” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA. “Tommy” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.
Just in case anyone was unaware that Sidse Babett Knudsen has the best face in the world, here she is being brilliant and beautiful while being interviewed about Borgen by Clemency Burton-Hill at Zeitgeist Europe 2013.