Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford (Redondo)

Bill Hagen (
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 01:40:11 -0500 (CDT) James Rogers wrote,
>This is just a guess, but Redondo Beach used to have a bit
of a reputation as a gay hangout (I seem to recall that Patti Smith did a
song about it)....don't know if this had connotations of hustling or not.

Not sure what information this adds, but Patti Smith did indeed do a song
entitled "Redondo Beach," on the _Horses_ album. About a guy (I assume)
looking for his girl, who is "gone, gone," and he finds her washed up on
Redondo Beach, a "sweet suicide." Lyrics available at the Patti website,

Fact is, that when we talk about good "hard-boiled" music, we probably
ought to consider some of Patti's stuff. Wonderful little stories of
people at the edge...or over.

Bill Hagen

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