I didn't pick up the most recent edition of the Reader till today; you must have already received dozens of letters in response to Hitsville's pointless observation [June 24] of the O.J. Simpson car chase episode. In wondering how O.J. might have handled his life differently had he been in a rock band rather than on a football team, Bill Wyman points out that there are many concerned people around a rock star should he or she have a personal crisis. Wyman surmises that "the fabric and discipline of the music world" could have saved Simpson. I have two words for Wyman: Kurt Cobain.
While I firmly believe in the naive notion of the transcendent, healing power of rock music, with every music biz fatality we are constantly reminded that there is pain that cannot be soothed by anything or anyone.