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Offline miryclay

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Sam Shepherd
« on: July 31, 2017, 11:26:51 AM »

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He was an influence upon The Joshua Tree. If anyone knows more about his work please post.

Offline achtung child

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Re: Sam Shepherd
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 01:14:25 PM »
Being an actor, I'm familiar with a portion of his work and history.  The majority of his early work began in the off off off Broadway scene of NYC.  He was also a musician in the Village during the 70's, a drummer I believe in a few dead end bands.  He had a torrid affair with Patti Smith, leaving his wife and child, before either were famous.  They even wrote a play together called Cowboy Mouth circa 1971.  Most of his work centers on the myth of the American west and outcasts on the fringes of society.  His language alternates between gritty realism to poetic/surrealistic. I can understand how he might have been an influence on the album.

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Offline The Edges Cat

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Re: Sam Shepherd
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 02:32:45 AM »
Hawkmoon 269. Thank you, Sam.

And from Sam's Dream Band, you can see his influence on Bono:

"Rattle. A plane flash. Baby whimper. The house moans. The droning plane. Birds play. My tattoo itching. Anne Waldman. New Jersey. Long Island. Michael's lungs. Black spot from the Midwest. Eddie Hicks. LouEllen. All their Babies. Miners in the cave shaft. Murray and his Cheyenne headband. His grey Mustang rusted out. Feet, hands. Lubricating sweat glands. The body's secret machine. Patti and the Chelsea. David making rhubarb wine. His new camera. Scott and Annie. Their black roof. Jeeps in four wheel drive. Sand and beach. Endless. Rattle. Wisdom teeth. Bleeding gum flap. Hydrogen peroxide. The Beach Boys. Duarte High. John and Scarlet. Kristy and the old man who gave her presents. The Sierra Madre mountains. The Arizona border. Dylan in shades. The ship. The missile. Rattle."

Offline Bono in love with himself

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Re: Sam Shepherd
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 08:12:50 PM »
The desert, for Shepard and for U2, is not just a physical location but a metaphor for one's interior landscape. Shepard's characters are often caught up in a search for what is authentic (one memorable image from one of his books: a Hollywood cowboy, "dressed in fringe with buckskin gloves, silk bandana, pale clown white make up," filming a scene under hot spotlights, finally screams, "Forgive me Utah! Forgive me!"). They are in motion, on the run, in relationships but not really connecting. So when Bono tells Bill Flanagan in U2 at the End of the World: "The monologue in Paris, Texas was a big influence on 'Running to Stand Still,'" it doesn't matter that the movie is set in the American Southwest and the song takes place in Ballymun in Dublin. The ghostly guitar at the beginning of the song echoes Ry Cooder's in the movie, and you can hear the same questing for a different life in the song and the monologue ("She told him she dreamed about escaping. That was all she dreamed about: escape. She saw herself at night running naked down a highway, running across fields, running down riverbeds, always running.").