While in London over the weekend I saw the play Rock ‘N’ Roll, a Tom Stoppard story about Marxism, Czechoslovakia, England and rock and roll. It was less intellectual and easier to follow than Stoppard plays I saw in the 80s, such as Hapgood and Jumpers, but I found it more moving.
In particular, the early Pink Floyd songs from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets sent a chill down my spine like nothing in many years and reminded me of my long lost high school friend Derek Scott Farmer (find him and I’ll reward you).Â The focus on Syd Barrett was especially poignant, considering his recent death.
If Marx were alive today he’d have to substitute “hospital systems” for “means of production” in the post-industrial West. Workers of the world would be less likely to unite.January 28, 2007