Hayden Childs’ Music Library: Kris Kristofferson to Lair of the Minotaur

Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson (1970), The Silver Tongued Devil And I (1971), Jesus Was A Capricorn (1972), Breakaway (with Rita Coolidge, 1974), Songs Of Kristofferson (1970-1976), and Singer/Songwriter (1966-1986).  I can’t mention Kristofferson without referring to Nathan Rabin’s excellent write-up at the AV Club from just last week.  Rabin’s dead-on about Kristofferson: he’s unique and and has a unique take on country music.  Take “The Pilgrim, Ch. 33,” the song that so caught Rabin, in which Kristofferson breaks basic rules of English with the thrill of a Rhodes scholar (“all he ever gets is older and around”) while simultaneously glorifying and mocking the archetypical self-destructive Nash Vegas singer-songwriter (“he’s a poet/and he’s a picker/he’s a prophet/and he’s a pusher/he’s a pilgrim and a preacher and a problem when he’s stoned”).

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