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I’m going to watch Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” video, and as I do I’m going to reminisce about how hard I marked out when my 13 year-old self first saw this video back in 1994; how it catapulted Weezer onto my list of favorite bands, and catapulted Spike Jonze onto my list of favorite directors; I’ll reminisce how this video captured just how much fun rock n’ roll was back then, even though Kurt Cobain was dead, because there was still so much great music bubbling up in his wake; I’ll reminisce how this video showed me just how magically joyous a simple pop-culture mash-up can be when it’s done right, because even if Weezer & Spike Jonze didn’t actually give a crap about Happy Days at least it feels like they’re totally in love with Happy Days the way Happy Days was totally in love with the 1950’s– there may be irony involved, but it’s irony with heart.

So as I watch “Buddy Holly” here in November of 2013, I’ll be experiencing 2010’s nostalgia for 90’s nostalgia for 70’s nostalgia for the 50’s.

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Mort thought that history was thrashing around like a steel hawser with the tension off, twanging backwards and forwards across reality in great destructive sweeps.

History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always– eventually– manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s been around a long time.

Terry Pratchett, Mort

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