James has an eclectic mix of interests from the music of Henry Thomas to Grimes and Muhammed Ali. His career ambitions amount to paying off his student loan and setting up a detective agency in L.A.
Never philosophical, the idealism of Rock and Roll was the same basic Hollywood model: the teenage dream of how good it could get, but always that lingering cloud: how bad it might be if you failed.
At a distance of 20 years, the political, social and cultural upheavals of the 1990s, which wrought much of the era’s most recognizable music, have come into better focus.
By James Dawson