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Syllabus: Music

Judy Garland Live at Carnegie Hall (1961, Capitol) Lord knows the woman never recovered from drug abuse, but this milestone recordingbilled as the greatest night in show business historysurely gave the beleaguered Garland a new lease on life, however temporary. Do yourself a favor: Cue I Cant Give You Anything But Love and keep a sizable box of Kleenex handy. Rufus Wainwright Want One (2003, DreamWorks) If Poses was the sound of plunging headfirst into celebrity and cocktail society, this is what happens when you stop going to parties but dont stop doing drugs. As always, Wainwrights a real drama queentheatrical melodies, operatic arrangements, even a Bolro referencebut it all boils down to one raw hour-long moment of clarity. Marianne Faithfull Broken English (1979, Island) By the late 70s Faithfull was a junkie has-been pop star living in a squat with no electricity or hot water. But then she made this cult masterpiece, which recast her as a worn, tattered, yet far from beaten chanteuse who wasnt afraid to sing lyrics like Every time I see your dick / I see her cunt in my bed. Weve bowed in submission ever since.
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