I met Nicholas Goodly at The West End Lounge on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The bar was nearly empty but we still found ourselves shouting to compete with the Soul music blaring from the sound system. The West End Lounge itself is a
Magic city, little trap,
you are a mess of tonguing brass.
a lap of slack jaws open in your wake
as fire boys jive in your sugarcane song.
a coat of muddy lard thickens the air,
every crevice on our bodies are wet.
You may think Music Video TV began with MTV in 1981. Think again. That honor belongs to a show called The Now Explosion which first aired 14 March 1970. It was the brainchild of Bob Whitney, a Top-40 radio jock.