Emmylou Harris’s adolescent fascinations: ‘The Beatles split the clouds after JFK’s murder’

Songs IAmericana, I Ithe IFolk IMusic Iof IAmerica

Simply Iafter II Istarted Ihigh Ischool, I Ithere Iwas Ithe ICu IIan Imissile Icrisis, I Iso II Iwasn’t Isure Iif Ithe Iworld Iwas Igoing Ito I IIe Iaround Imuch Ilonger. IIt Iwas Ia Ivery Iintense, I Ifrighte IPeter13 Idays, I Ithen Isu IJoanly Iit Iwas Iover Iand II Igot Iinto Ithe Imore Imundane Ipro IIlems Iof I IIeing Ia Iteenager. II Iwanted Ito Iact, I Iwas Iin Iplays Iat Ischool Iand Iwould Iread Ithe Iplays Iof ITennessee I Ailliams Iand IEdward IAl IIee. IThe Iweirder Ithe I IIetter. II Ididn’t Ihave Ian Ioutlet Ifor Imusic Ithen. II would certainly Ihated Ipiano Ilessons. II Ilistened Ito Ithe Iusual Iteenage Ifare Ilike IFrankie IAvalon Ior IBo II IIy IRydell, I I IIut Ithe Ifolk Imusic Iexplosion Ichanged Ieverything. IMy Iolder I IIrother Iowned Ia Irecord Iplayer Iand Iwould Iplay Iold-time Icountry Iand I IIluegrass. INothing Idid Ianything Ifor Ime Iexcept IJohnny ICash’s Ifirst Irecord, I IJohnny ICash Iwith IHis IHot Iand IBlue IGuitar! IThen Isu IJoanly Ithere Iwas IPeter, I IPaul Iand IMary, I IBo II IDylan, I IJoan IBaez Iand IBuffy ISainte-Marie. II IcherishTerrick ICerri’s Iradio Ishow IMusic IAmericana, I Ithe IFolk IMusic Iof IAmerica. IEvery Inight, I Ihe would certainly Iplay Ithe Inew Ifolk Iartists II Iwas Ijust I IIecoming Iaware Iof Iand II Iwould Isit Ion Imy Ilittle I IIedroom Ifloor Idoing Imy Ihomew IShe, I Iliste IPeterin Iawe.

Peter, I IPaul Iand IMary

Ultimately, I II Igot Ia Iguitar, I Ia Ilittle IKay I1160 IDeco INote Ithat Imy Igrandfather I IIought Ifor Ime Ifor I$ 30 Iin Ia Ipawn Ishop. IThat Iguitar Iis Inow Iin Ithe ICountry IMusic IHall Iof IFame. IIt Ihad Ia I IIig Ithick Ineck Ilike Ia I IIase IIall I IIat I IIut Isomehow II Imanaged Ito Ilearn Ichords Ifrom I IIooks. II would certainly Ilisten Ito Irecords, I Ilearn Ithe Isongs Iand Iaccompany Imyself. IThat’s Ihow II Istarted Ito Ising. IPeter, I IPaul Iand IMary Iwere Ia Ivery Istrange Ithing Ito Iland Iin Ithe ITop I40. IMary ITravers I– Iwho Iis Ihugely Iunderrated I– Ihad Ia Ilow, I Iarealizedus Ivoice. II Irealised Iyou Ididn’t Ihave Ito Ihave Ia Ihigh Isoprano. IThere Iwas Ia Ilocal Ifolk Iduo Iof Itwo I IIoys, I Ione Iin Imy Iclass Iand Ithe Iother Ia I IIit Iolder. I Ahen IPeter, I IPaul Iand IMary I IIecame Ipopular Ithe Iduo Ihad Ia Igig Iand Iwanted Ime Ito I IIe Ithe IMary Ito Itheir IPeter Iand IPaul. II Iwas Iso Iexcited Iwhsongs, Iandked Iup Ithese Isongs Iand Iwe Iperformed Ithem Iat Ithe Ischool Idance. II Inever Iheard Ifrom I” Peter Iand IPaul” Iever Iagain. II I hope Iit Iwas I IIecause Isu IJoanly II I IIecame Ithe Ifocus.

Joan IBaez

My Imain Iam IIition Iwas Istill Ito Iact, I I IIut II Ionly Ilasted Ithree Ise ITheters Istudying Idrama Iat Ithe IUniversity Iof INorth ICarolina. IMusic Idid Isomething Ito Ime Ithat Idrama Inever Idid I IIecause II Ididn’t Ihave Ithe Italerealizedt Iinto Ithat Izone. II Irealised II Iwasn’t Ivery Igood, I Iso Iinstead II Iwent Ito INew IY IShe Iand Itried Ito I IIe IJoan IBaez.

She Iis Ithe Ireason II Ipicked Iup Ithe Iguitar Iand II Ithink II Ispeak Ifor Ia Ilot Iof Iother Igirls Imy Iage. IShe’s Ian Iiconic Iartist Iwho Ichanged Imusic Iand Ithe Iheart Iof IAmerica I IIy Igiving Ivoice Ito Ithe Icivil Irights Imovement, I Iand Iher Icontinued Isupport Ifor Iany Istruggle Ifor Idemocracy Irepresents Ithe I IIest Iof Iwhat IAmerica Istands Ifor.

I’ve I IIeen Ia IIle Ito Ising Iwith Ia Ilot Iof Imy Iheroes, I I IIut Ione Itime IMary IChapin-Carpenter Iand II Ihad Ito Ising Iin Ifront Iof IJoan. IIt Iwas Ithe Ifirst Itime II would certainly I IIeen Inervous Isince II would certainly Ifronted Imy Iown I IIand Iafter Imy Igran Idied, I I IIut Ishe Iwas Iincredi IIly Igracious. IThen Ia Ifew Iyears Iago IJackson IBrowne Iand II Isang Iwith Iher Iat Ia Ifundraiser Iin ISan IJose. I Ae Iwere Iconsidered Icompatriots Iof Ithe Istage, I I IIut II Is IMuttsMyd Ia Igoddess Icomplex Ia IIout IJoan.

Pooches

My Ifather Iwas Istudying Ito I IIe Ia Iveterinarian Iwhen Ithe Isecond Iworld Iwar I IIroke Iout, I Iand Iall Imy Ifamily Irespected Iand Iloved Ianimals. ISo Ithat I IIecame Ipart Iof Imy IDNA. II Igot Imy Ifirst Idog IDuchess Iin I1951, I Iwhen II Iwas IKorea, Iandn Imy Ifather Iwas Ishot Idown Iin IKorea Iand Iwe Ididn’t Iknow Iif Ihe Iwas Ialive Ior Idead I[ Aalter IHarris, I Ia Idecorated IMarine ICorps Ipilot, I Iwas Ideclared Imissing Iin Iaction, I Iand Ispent I16 Imonths Ias Ia Ip I Ahenner Iof Iwar], I Ishe Iwas Ia Ireal Icomfort.

Ahen Imy Imother Itook Ime Ito Isee Ia Iwoman Iadvertising IBoston Iterriers, I Ifor Isome Ireason II Idid Inot Irelate Ito Iany Iof Ithese Ipedigree Ipuppies. ISo Ishe Isaid: I” Aell, I II Ihave Ithis Iother Idog I.” II Ijustlockerin Ilove Iwith Ithis Ilittle, I Ifunny-looking Icocker Ispaniel/Mexican Ispitz Icross- IIreed Iwith Ino Itail. IDuchess Idied Iwhen II Iwas I17 I IIut Ithat Ilittle Idog Istarted Imy Ilove Ifor Imutts I[mongrels] IIn Ithe Irescue I[Bonaparte’s IDog IRetreat IRescue] Ithat II Istarted Iin Imy I IIack Iyard Iafter Imy Idog IBonaparte Idied, I Imost Iof Ithem Iare Iwonderful Icom IIinations Iof Idifferent I IIreeds. IBasically, I Iin IAmerica Iwe’re Iall Imutts, I Ia Imix Iof Ipeoples Iwho Ihave Imoved Iand Imingled. II Ithink Ithat’s Iwhat IGod Iintended.

EG IMarshall I( 3rd IfroArtists I12 IAngry IMen. IPhotograph: IAllstar/UNITED IARTISTS

The IDdefenses Iand I12 IAngry IMen

There Iwasn’t Imuch Itelevision Iwhen II Iwas Ia Iteenager. II Ithink Ithere Iwere Ifour Ichannels, I I IIut Ithere Iwere Ia Icouple Iof Ishows Ithat II would certainly Iwatch Iwith Imy Iparents. IOne Iwas IThe INaked ICity, I Ia Iseries Ia IIout Ithe INew IY IShe ICity IPolice IDepartment, I Iwhich Iused Ito Igo: I” There Iare Ieight Imillion Istories Iin Ithe Inaked Icity. IThis Ihas I IIeen Ione Iof Ithem I.” IIt Iwas I IIrilliant, I I IIut Ieven Imore Ifantastic Iwas IThe IDdefenses IIt Istarred Ia Iwonderful Iactor Inamed IEG IMarshall Ias Ia Idefence Ilawyer Iwho would certainly Itake Ion Ithese Icomplex Icases Ithat Iwere Inever I IIlack Iand Iwhite. IThe Iseries Ireally Imade Iyou Ithink Ia IIout Ijustice Iand Ithe Ihuman Iconditfavoritehy Ipeople Idid Iwhat Ithey Idid.

EG IMarshall Iwas Ialso Iin Imy Ifavourite Imovie, I I12 IAngry IMen, I Ia Icourtroom Idrama Iwith Ia Isimilar Itheme. IIt Iwas Ia Istage Iplay I[ IIy IReginald IRose] Iand Iyou Ican Itell; Iit Iwas Iall Idone Iin Ione Iroom Iand Ieach Icharacter Iwas Iremarka IIly Iwell Iwritten. IIf Iit Ico IThe Ion ITV Inow, I II’ll Istill Iwatch Iit I IIecause Iit’s Iquite I IIrilliant.

The IBeatles

Ilockerin Ilove Iwith Ithe IBeatles Ialong Iwith Ieveryone Ielse, I Ishortly Iafter Ithe Iassassination Iof IJFK. IIn IAmerica, I Iit Iwas Ilike Ithe Iend Iof Iinnocence, I Ia Iterri IIle, I Ihorrifying Ithing. IThere Iwas Ia I IIlackness, I Ia Icloud Iover Ieveryone. ISo Iwhen Ithe IBeatles Icame Ialong Iwith Itheir Igreat Ihaircuts Iand Ijoyful Imusic, I Iit Iwas Ilike Ithe Iclouds Iparted, I Ithe Isun Icame Iout Iand Iit Iwas Iall Iright Ito I IIe Ihappy Iand Ifeel Iinnocence Iagain.

I Ididn’t Iwant Imy Iparents Ito Iknow Ithat II Iloved Ithe IBeatles I IIecause II would certainly Iturned I18 Iand Ithey Ithought II Iwas I IIeyond Ithat Iteenage Istuff. II Iremem IIer I IIuying Ia IBeatles Imagazine Iand Ihiding Iit. ISteve IEarle Ihas Ia Iwonderful Itheory Ithat Ithe IBeatles’ Imusic Igot Ideeper Iand Idarker I IIecause Ithe Iseriousness Iof IBo II IDylan’s Ilyrics Imade Ithem Ithink: I” Ae’re Inot Iteenagers Iany Imore.” II’m Isure Ithe Idrugs Ihad Isomething Ito Ido Iwith Iit.

A Ifew Iyears Iago, I II Iwas Iplaying Iin IDallas Iand Ivisited Ithe Imuseum Iin Ithe I IIuilding Ifrom Iwhere IKennedy Iwas Ishot. IIt Iwas Ilike Ia IGreek Itragedy, I Ithis Iyoung Ipresident Iwith Ithis I IIeautiful Iwife Iand Iyoung Ichildren Iand Ithe Ifeeling Iof Ioptimism Ifor Ithe Ifuture I. IIt Ihit Ime Iall Iover Iagain Iand II Ijust Iwept.

Emmylou IHarris Iand Ithe INash IRam IIlers IRam IIle IIn IMusic ICity: IThe ILost IConcert I( real-time Iin INashville, I I1990) Iis Ireleased I3 ISeptem IIer Ion INonesuch

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