Some days, some weeks spent in the company of Fool For Love by Shepard, when he was an unknown to me. It was up against the flashier, more celebrated plays A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glenross for the attention of the students and held its own with the simplicity of the language and its exploration of exhausted humanity. Another sadness rides through town…

…and he played banjo on Patti Smith’s cover of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit on her album Twelve! (Not that I’m getting into the argument about whether a banjo has any place on Teen Spirit…)

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