Coming to Santa Fe’s world famous opera house on September 30:
Tickets are still available… but they don’t be for long.
See you there!
Current Mood: excited
Leonard Cohen is gone, and the world is a little poorer.
I’d say “a little sadder,” but Cohen was the bard of sadness. He spoke to all the broken hearts out there, sang of shattered dreams and lost hopes. There was no one better to listen to when you were melancholy, depressed, lonely, despondent, or suicidal.
There was a certain time in my life when I listened to Cohen’s SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE album obsessively, drowning in his voice and his words. That was in the Age of Vinyl, and I believe I wore out several needles on that one.
I’ve loved so many of his songs… “Hallelujah,” of course, and “Famous Blue Raincoat.” But I will leave you with my favorite:
Back in the day, when I was young and music was good, a number of my short stories were inspired by lyrics in my favorite songs. “Suzanne” was the inspiration for my short story “Bitterblooms,” which remains one of my favorites to this very day.
While I have been travelling, talking, touring, reading, writing, editing, and listening to great music these past few weeks, Puppygate has continued to fester, growing ever uglier.
In one of the more recent developments, the Rabid Puppies and some of their allies and fellow travellers have declared a boycott of Tor Books. I say “Rabid” here because Beale is backing the boycott, while Larry Correia says the Sad Puppies are not boycotting anyone… though Correia and some of the other Sads certainly seem deeply sympathetic to the boycott.
I am not, needless to say. Neither is most of fandom.
Which makes this a perfect time to BUY SOME TOR BOOKS!!
You can do that at your local bookstore, of course, or from your favorite online bookseller. There is an incredible range of great SF and fantasy to choose from in the Tor catalogue. Tor won the “best publisher” award in the recent LOCUS poll, for like the twentieth year in a row; there’s really no other publisher in a field with a backlist to compare, whether you are looking for epic fantasy, space opera, military SF, literary SF, Hugo winners, Hugo losers, or what have you.
And, hey, you can even buy some AUTOGRAPHED Tor books by me. My Wild Cards series is published by Tor, as it happens, and we have signed copies of INSIDE STRAIGHT, BUSTED FLUSH, SUICIDE KINGS, FORT FREAK, and LOWBALL available through the Jean Cocteau… along with hardcovers of our award-winning anthology, DANGEROUS WOMEN, also published by Tor. You can find them all at the cinema bookshop, here: http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/
So if you would like to strike a blow for free speech and decency, and support all the good people at Tor, go ye forth and buy a book today… from the Cocteau, or Amazon, or anywhere… and let your voice be heard. You’ll get some damned good reading out of it too.
Parris and I spent the weekend in Chicago (one of my favorite cities), hanging around Soldier Field for the last three performances of the Grateful Dead, the Fare Thee Well shows.
(I went in disguise, forsaking my usual Greek fisherman’s cap for a series of baseball caps, but somehow people recognized me anyway).
What can I say? Amazing shows, and the end of an epoch. I felt privileged to be there. And the music… well, words can never truly capture the feel of great music, as I discovered long ago when I wrote my rock novel, THE ARMAGEDDON RAG.
It was the RAG that brought me to my first Dead show, back in the 1980s. There was a time when the late great Phil DeGuere, the writer/ producer who brought me out to LA to write for THE TWILIGHT ZONE, hoped to make a feature film of the RAG, working with the Dead. That never came to pass, but it did get us backstage at many a Dead show.
Phil is gone now, alas, and so is Jerry Garcia, Cap’n Trips himself… and now the remaining members of the Dead have played their final shows together. But the memories will Not Fade Away, and the music will live on as long as people listen to rock and roll.
You will be able to buy a boxed set of those three last shows, I understand. Don’t hesitate. They were amazing performances.
Meanwhile, here’s my favorite Dead song (a hard choice, since I love so many)… from a 1980 show at Radio City Music Hall (not one I attended, alas):
A cool new documentary opening tonight at the Cocteau: THE WRECKING CREW.
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Now that's MY kind of music.
See you at the movies.
LATER: Just got back from THE WRECKING CREW. Great, just great. Made me want to put on my old albums.
Say what you want, old codgers from the Greatest Gen. Say what you want, Generation Xers and Millenials. The truth cannot be denied. Us Boomers had the best music.
We have had some great shows at the Jean Cocteau since we reopened a year and a half ago, but tonight and last night were among the very best. Janis Ian was in town, and she gave two amazing shows to sellout crowds.
Thanks to everyone who came. And those who didn’t… you really missed something special.
Don’t worry, though. We plan to bring her back.
This announcement really pleases me. One of my favorite singer/ songwriters, the one and only JANIS IAN, will be visiting Santa Fe later this month, and performing two shows at the Jean Cocteau.
Janis is a science fiction and fantasy fan, writer, and editor. I met her at the Philadelphia worldcon a decade and a half ago, and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging with her at a dozen subsequent worldcons. She’s always great company.
I knew her songs decades before I met the singer, though. I had… have… her albums. (Albums… there were large discs made of vinyl, with music on them. You played them on this thing called a turntable. We still have one of those as well). If you’re my age, you know her hits: Jesse, Society’s Child, Between the Lines, Boots Like Emmy Lou’s, When the Party’s Over, Watercolors (a personal favorite)… there are so many… and of course, At Seventeen.
I’ve wanted to have Janis perform at the Cocteau ever since I reopened the place, and I am thrilled that it is finally going to happen.
She will be doing two shows, on the evenings of Sunday, February 22, and Monday, February 23. I expect both shows to sell out, so get your tickets now:
You can also call the theatre (during business hours) at 505-466-5528 and purchase tickets over the phone. Please be sure to have your credit card details on hand.
We will also have Janis’s CDs on sale, as well as copies of her autobiography (she has led a pretty interesting life), and I know she’ll be glad to sign them all.
We had a great event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema last week, when Dennis Lehane came by to present his new movie, THE DROP. A fun interview, a busy booksigning, and a sold-out screening… everybody went away smiling, and Dennis seemed to enjoy his first visit to the Land of Enchantment, and promises to come back one of these days. He also signed a lot of stock for us, so if any of you out there are looking for an autographed copy of MYSTIC RIVER, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE GIVEN DAY, THE DROP, or any of Lehane's titles, contact the cinema.
The Cocteau schedule for this week will be even more exciting. On Sunday night, September 21, our friends NEIL GAIMAN and AMANDA PALMER will be paying us another visit, for an evening of singing, signing, and storytelling. The fun starts at 7pm… but, alas, if you don't have tickets yet, you're probably out of luck, since that event sold out within hours of us announcing it on our email newsletter. (Don't get our newsletter? Easily fixed. Go to the website at http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/ and sign up. Newsletter subscribers get first crack at all of our coolest events).
The Cocteau will also be presenting THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, director Neil Jordan's twisted take on Little Red Riding Hood, based on the classic story by Angela Carter. Neil Gaiman picked this film for us, and we've asked him to introduce it. The movie starts at 9:20.
Our bar will be serving The Deflowering, a specialty cocktail designed for us by Amanda Palmer.
All in all, a busy Sunday. That's just the start, however.
Come Wednesday, September 24, we have another very special event scheduled: a special advance screening of COPENHAGEN, a film by Mark Raso, fresh off the festival circuit and well in advance of its North American release. Here's the trailer:
Director MARK RASO and star GETHIN ANTHONY will both be on hand for the COPENHAGEN screening, to introduce the film and answer your questions afterwards. Gethin, of course, is well known to GAME OF THRONES fans as the late, great Renly Baratheon, brother to Robert and Stannis, husband to Margaery Tyrell, lover of her brother Loras. Come meet him at the Jean Cocteau… advance tickets to the screening are still available at the Cocteau website.
See you at the movies.