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Fans you wouldn't expect: writers edition.
Posted by Mod Lang on June 24, 2018, 11:29 pm
I'll start with an obvious one - William S. Burroughs found out about Steely Dan, but thought that their music was too "fancy" and "clever" to have much hope of commercial impact. And more surprisingly, as a former expat who lived in Morocco, a fan of Led Zeppelin (maybe just "Kashmir", though).
Norman Mailer compared seeing the Ramones at CBGB's to riding a rollercoaster on cocaine - "not something you want to do every night, but fun when you're riding," to paraphrase from memory.
Paul Theroux wrote the intro for Hugh Cornwell's song-by-song bio of the Stranglers, and mentions listening to them a few times in his travelogues. Who would expect a guy born in 1942 to be such a sleazy punk?