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100 najboljih živih tekstopisaca

Paste magazin, na žalost, od prošle godine zbog finansijske situacije ne postoji u štampanom izdanju, ali je još uvek aktivan na Mreži. Ima  odlične recenzije za knjige, filmove i muziku i odličnu ekipu novinara-saradnika, ali to najmanje danas garantuje uspeh i dugovečnost jednog magazina na tržištu.

Poslednje obimno poglavlje i razgovor o umetnosti koje je uredništvo napisalo za regularno izdanje je 2006. kada je objavio detaljnu listu 100 najboljih živih autora tekstova za muziku.  Esej su naslovili Za naraštaj 20 veka.

Lista je kao i sve liste vrlo lična i raznolika, samim tim diskutabilna i inspirativna za dopune i komentare. Pored uredništva magazina Paste, listu je sastavljalo i 50 muzičara i tekstopisaca. Pravilo je bilo jednostavno: broj prodatih ploča nije bilo isključivo merilo da se neki tekstopisac nađe na listi, već uticaj koji je imao na muzičku kulturu i scenu i bio inspiracija za druge.

Dakle, kojih 100 autora efektivnih, intrigantnih i nezaboravnih muzičkih tekstova  je zaslužilo da se nadju na hall of fame listi od 100 najboljih?

Šarolikost liste je i u godinama – Conor Obers kao najmladji /26/  i Hal David /85/ ,u vreme objavljivanja liste , kao i u žanru i tematici- pisci tekstova za agresivan politi-hop grupe Public Enemy i šarmantno drske pesme Dolly Parton, od Morrisseya do The Flamingo Lips-a.

Sledi lista najboljih 100, sa malo detaljnijim osvrtom za prvih 20 i predlozima za dalje slušanje.

1. Bob Dylan

“Crimson flames tied through my ears / Rollin’ high and mighty traps / Pounced with fire on flaming roads / Using ideas as my maps / “We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I / Proud ’neath heated brow / Ah, but I was so much older then / I’m younger than that now”


“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (1963), “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965), It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding”) (1965), “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965), “Visions of Johanna” (1966), “Simple Twist of Fate” (1975), “Cold Irons Bound” (1997)

2. Neil Young (Buffalo Sprinfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

“I guess I’ll call it sickness gone / It’s hard to say the meaning of this song / An ambulance can only go so fast / It’s easy to get buried in the past / When you try to make a good thing last”


“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969), “Motion Pictures” (1974), “Pocahontas” (1979), “Unknown Legend (1992), “No Wonder” (2005)

3. Bruce Springsteen

“Now our luck may have died and our love may be cold but with you forever I’ll stay / We’re goin’ out where the sand’s turnin’ to gold so put on your stockin’s baby ’cause the night’s getting cold / And maybe everything dies baby that’s a fact / But maybe everything that dies someday comes back


»“Blinded By the Light” (1973), “Born To Run” (1975), “Atlantic City” (1982), “My City Of Ruins” (2002)

4. Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan

“If there’s one thing you can say about mankind / There’s nothing kind about man / You can drive out nature with a pitchfork / But it always comes roaring back again”


»“San Diego Serenade” (1974), “Innocent When You Dream” (1987), “Chocolate Jesus” (1999), “Hoist That Rag” (2004)

5. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)

“And when the broken-hearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer, let it be”


I’ve Just Seen A Face” (1965), “The Fool On The Hill” (1967), “Let it Be” (1970), “Two Of Us” (1970)

6. Leonard Cohen

“I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch / He said to me, you must not ask for so much / And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door / She cried to me, hey, why not ask for more?”


Suzanne” (1966), “Bird on the Wire” (1968),“Stranger Song” (1968), “Last Year’s Man” (1971), “Hallelujah” (1984)

7. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)

“Each time things start to happen again / I think I got something good goin’ for myself / But what goes wrong”


»“Surfer Girl” (1963), “God Only Knows” (with Tony Asher, 1966), “Heroes And Villains” (with Van Dyke Parks, 1967)

8. Elvis Costello

“You snatch a tune, you match a cigarette / She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet / I don’t know how much more of this I can take. / She’s filing her nails while they’re dragging the lake”


“Alison” (1977), “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983), “God Give Me Strength” (with Burt Bacharach, 1996), “The Sharpest Thorn” (with Allen Toussaint, 2006)

9. Joni Mitchell

“He told me all romantics meet the same fate someday / Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark café / You laugh, he said you think you’re immune, go look at your eyes / They’re full of moon”


»“Big Yellow Taxi” (1970), “Case Of You” (1971), “River” (1971)

10. Prince

“If I was your one and only friend, would you run to me if somebody hurt you / Even if that somebody was me? Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be”


“Little Red Corvette” (1982), “Sign O’ The Times” (1987), “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987)

11. Randy Newman

“Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old / Africa is far too hot / And Canada’s too cold / And South America stole our name / Let’s drop the big one / There’ll be no one left to blame us”


“Sail Away” (1972), “Louisiana 1927” (1974), “Political Science” (1998)

12. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)

“I saw her today at the reception / In her glass was a bleeding man / She was practiced at the art of deception / Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands / You can’t always get what you want … But if you try sometimes you just might find … You get what you need”


“Gimme Shelter” (1969), “Wild Horses” (1971), “Rocks Off” (1972)

13. Paul Simon

“The arc of a love affair / His hands rolling down her hair / Love like lightning shaking till it moans / Hearts and bones”


“I Do It For Your Love” (1975), “How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns” (1980), “René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War” (1983)

14. Stevie Wonder

“I’m so glad that he let me try it again / Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin / I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then / Gonna keep on tryin’ / Till I reach my highest ground”


“I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will be Forever)” (with Yvonne Wright, 1972), “Higher Ground” (1973), “Sir Duke” (1976)

15. Willie Nelson

“If I made you feel second best / Girl I’m so sorry I was blind / You were always on my mind”


“Crazy” (1962), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (1973), “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” (1980)

16. David Bowie

“I’m the twisted name on Garbo’s eyes, I’m living proof of Churchill’s lies, I’m destiny / I’m drawn between the light and dark where others see their target’s divine symmetry”


“The Man Who Sold the World” (1970), “Ziggy Stardust” (1972), “Breaking Glass” (with Dennis Davis and George Murray, 1977)

17. Holland-Dozier-Holland

“Smiles have all turned to tears / But tears won’t wash away the fears / That you’re never ever gonna return / To ease the fire that within me burns”


“Come See About Me” (1964, The Supremes), “Nowhere to Run” (1965, Martha & The Vandellas), “Baby Don’t You Do It” (1965, Marvin Gaye)

18. U2 (Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton)

“It’s no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest / It’s no secret ambition bites the nails of success / Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief / All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief”


“With or Without You” (1987), “One” (1991), “Vertigo” (2004)

19.Patty Griffin

“Headlights staring at the driveway / The house is dark as it can be / I go inside and all is silent / It seems as empty as the inside of me”


“Flaming Red” (1998), “Long Ride Home,” (2002), “Making Pies” (2002)

20. Van Morrison

“And I shall watch the ferry-boats / And they’ll get high / On a bluer ocean / Against tomorrow’s sky / And I will never grow so old again”


“Cypress Avenue” (1968), “Sweet Thing” (1968), “Into the Mystic” (1970)

Ostatak liste:

100. T Bone Burnett
99. Andre Benjamin & Antwan Patton (Outkast)
98. Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo)
97. Josh Ritter
96. Jimmy Cliff
95. Patti Smith
94. Sam Phillips
93. Joseph Arthur
92. Alejandro Escovedo
91. Drive By Truckers (Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jason Isbell)

90. Nick Cave
89. Victoria Williams
88. Parliament (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell)
87. Lyle Lovett
86. Sam Beam (Iron & Wine)
85. David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones)
84. John Linnel & John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants)
83. Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie)
82. John Darnielle (Mountain Goats)
81. Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips)

80. Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason)
79. Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Silver Jews)
78. Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices)
77. Bruce Cockburn
76. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace Music, etc.)
75. Ron Sexsmith
74. Linford Detweiler & Karin Bergquist (Over the Rhine)
73. Julie Miller
72. Michael Jackson
71. Vic Chesnutt

70. Alex Chilton (Big Star, The Box Tops)
69. Merle Haggard
68. Allen Tousaint
67. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
66. Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black, Black Francis) (Pixies)
65. Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love)
64. Andy Partridge (XTC, Dukes of Stratosphear)
63. Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
62. Sting (The Police)
61. John Hiatt

60. Jimmy Webb
59. Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs)
58. Sly Stone (Sly & the Family Stone)
57. Morrissey (The Smiths)
56. James Brown
55. Dolly Parton
54. Aimee Mann
53. James Taylor
52. Paul Westerberg (The Replacements)
51. Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham

50. Public Enemy (Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler, et al)
49. Cat Stevens
48. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
47. Sufjan Stevens
46. David Byrne (Talking Heads)
45. Jackson Browne
44. Al Green
43. Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown)
42. Loretta Lynn
41. Ray Davies (The Kinks)

40. Burt Bacharach & Hal David
39. Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham)
38. Kris Kristofferson
37. Smokey Robinson
36. Beck Hansen
35. Steve Earle
34. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
33. Pete Townshend (The Who)
32. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
31. Carole King

30. John Prine
29. Tom Petty
28. Robbie Robertson (The Band)
27. Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway)
26. R.E.M. (Peter Buck, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
25. Chuck Berry
24. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, Loose Fur, etc.)
23. Elton John & Bernie Taupin
22. Lucinda Williams
21. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)

Preuzeto iz Paste magazina, obrada P.U.L.S.E/ Snežana Moračić


Jedan komentar na tekst 100 najboljih živih tekstopisaca

  1. Indy

    20/08/2011 at 04:07

    Nick Cave, 90-to mesto?! Pfffft. Amerikocentricno do bola.

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