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MaQuiz – The heart that I left in New York

It was the summer of 1989 that I visited the Big Apple. I used to live in the Bronx for several years in the 70s and this was my first return to the place which meant so much to me.

At school, you were taught about equality, yet we treated each other with partiality based on race, colour, religion and social class quite openly. 90% of my classmates were Jewish. Stories of Holocaust were real. “I have only one uncle. He escaped the concentration camp. The rest were all killed there” said one pal, David.

“All the President’s Men” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” were box office hits from Hollywood in those days. Vietnam War ended only some months ago and parents who lost their children in the Kent State massacre were protesting on the anniversary day, 4 May at the campus. I saw on TV news how they were removed forcibly by the police.

Led Zeppelin’s 1977 US tour was completely sold out and I was luck to get a second floor seat at the Madison Square Garden. John Travolta was still a TV drama star, playing a dumb Italian-American high-school boy who would just say “what, where, when?”.

After we came back from the Christmas vacation that year, half of the class were suddenly smoking pot. A nickel bag was five dollars then.

Altogether it took more than ten years for me to make up my mind to visit the place that you spent your life as an impressionable teenager because you felt quite distanced and different to be in Japan.

But I could not recapture or rediscover those exciting moments from the past during my short visit. People singing “Ruby Tuesday” on a Saturday night at Washington Square was unimpressive. Perhaps that was the odd and wrong summer in New York City that I lost myself into? Still I felt the place got very conservative.

I managed to meet several friends from my school days. That was rewarding. Several mates from Japan were working there, too so I never felt lonesome. One dropped out of university and was still staying with his parent. Did not know what to do with life. My first love was married to a lawyer and was living a Yuppie life in Brooklyn Heights. We were all walking different lives. And the heart that I left in New York, I could not recollect.

And so, after a long preamble, here is the quiz!

Irrespective of their backgrounds, at homes of those people that I visited, they all had a CD or two by the same artist who has been pertinent to the New York’s rock scene from the 60s.

Name this person! Use the column below. I will post the answer in a few days there.

MaQuiz – The heart that I left in New York への21件のコメント

  1. Kamiyama says:

    John Lennon.

  2. Mika Suzuki says:

    Bob Dylan (of course!)

  3. admin says:

    Hey Mika, nice to hear from you and I agree that this is a good choice.
    However, this man was born in NYC and not like Dylan who was born somewhere else.
    Do try again!

    • Mika Suzuki says:

      Gees…. Now I’m confused. I can’t think of anybody else…

  4. Peter says:

    Without cheating I will guess Low Reed Transformer, and of course any fan would have a copy of Lou Reed live at Max’s Kansas City.

    Now maybe I will cheat a bit and take a peek into the wonderful world of google.

    But before I go, what about David Peel and the Lower Eastside?

    Nobody bought that?

  5. Taki Kamata says:

    Mick Jagger

    Hi, Mika!
    How are you!?!?

    • admin says:

      Taki, read my other comments. This guy is American and was born in Brooklyn.

    • Mika Suzuki says:

      Hi Taki!

      I’ve had some health issues, but I’m fine now. How about you?

  6. Tom says:

    Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. No doubt.

    • admin says:

      Tom, i am a bit late in responding to this one and you already know that this is not the right answer but i do agree with you that every household should keep a copy of this album!

  7. Tom says:

    Oooops. Just say your comment to Mika. Johnny Thunders is too young. Simon & Garfunkel were born in Jersey. Deborah Harry did not get big until the late 70s. How about the Brooklyn born Harry Nilsson?

    • admin says:

      Hey Tom, good to hear from you! You’re correct about this person being born in Brooklyn but it ain’t Harry Nilsson (actually, i did not know that!).

  8. Ueda says:

    Dylan.
    From your placing the word “artist”, neither “singer” nor “band”, I deduced Dylan. He’d renounced to be Hard by the time your friends bought CDs, however.

    • admin says:

      Ueda! I hope your former Imeperial Hotel chef is treating you well!!
      You always like “deep reading” but Dylan is not the answer…..

  9. Ueda says:

    Carole King.
    I nominate her from Wikipedia’s “List of people from Brooklyn”.
    Come to think of it, has NYC ever played an important role in Rock?
    Oh, it’s time to walk & squat. Bon soiree.

    • admin says:

      To question whether NYC has ever played an important role in the rock history is a daring question! Perhaps we (or you!) could discuss that separately…. :)

      And I am afraid your answer is wrong again although it is good to think of female artists as possibilities.

  10. Peter says:

    Lou Reed
    I’m sticking with Lou
    Cuz I’m made out of glue

  11. Kayo Ozawa says:

    Aerosmith? Queen? Or am I totally off?

    • admin says:

      Wow, Kayo! Good that you participate. You’re not totally off (though it can happen) but if you read the previous remarks i made, this is an American artist and so Queen is out. If you think it is Aerosmith, you have to tell us which player as i asked to name a person, not a group. Cheers!