The Doomer Crooner

In his sixties and seventies, the balladeer Scott Walker swerved into making some of the most aggressive, complex, and political music of our time.

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In their twilight years, some musicians, like Leonard Cohen and Marianne Faithfull, reach a point of artistic closure, achieving a harmony that can be sentimental, profound, or wry. Others, like the pop star turned sonic revolutionary Scott Walker, embrace the “late style” that Edward Said famously defined as “going against,” seeing later life as “an […]

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