RARA-AVIS: Re: Steve Wynn

From: Steve Lewis ( lewis@ntplx.net)
Date: 05 May 2004

Steve Wynn is a rock musician who is most well-known as as the leader of the Dream Syndicate in the 1980s, but who is still active today. From a piece on him in today's Wall Street Journal, writer Luke Torn says:

"On each of his past three albums though, Mr. Wynn's songwriting has taken a hardboiled turn, influenced by novelists like Jim Thompson, James Ellroy and his friend George Pelecanos as much as by like-minded songwriters like Tom Waits or Warren Zevon.

" ' Integrating that whole hardboiled Ranymond Chandler, James Cain, Ross Macdonald thing into rock music, which is something Zevon did really well, is not what many writers do,' opines Mr. Wynn. 'That kind of language and sensibility works so well for lyric writing because it's short and terse and conversational, and mythical, too. That hardboiled stuff was so real that it was unreal.' "

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