I’m sure I’m missing a half dozen or more Poets Who Rock, but let’s pause to appreciate British goofball Ivor Cutler
, father of Henry Cow drummer Chris.* I first heard Pere Cutler on Robert Wyatt‘s Rock Bottom, and he was previously approved with the highest of rock honors by his appearance in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie.
Pretty rockin’. He’s also the most rockin’ thing in this Smiths video.
Do we really have to go there?
So tell me, can poets rock? Do they have a place in rock? What are the hurdles poets face when crossing over to the world of rock? What’s lost when poetry is set to rock music? What can be gained? I’m thinking of something like the James Joyce words set to Syd Barrett‘s music for a rare, excellent mating of poetry and rock, “Golden Hair”.
*Contrary to Mr. Mod’s belief, there are other artistic people beside Bruce and Pete Thomas who share the same last name yet are not related. This would include Ivor and Chris Cutler, as The Great 48 kindly adjusted his Pince Nez to correct me, Randy Jackson and the other 5 Jacksons, and Ingmar and Ingrid Bergman.