Ryan Adams: Spiritualized, and Talking Back to Courtney Love

It’s Wednesday, which means two things: 1. A new episode of Project Runway and 2. Ryan Adams has a new website.

Leading off with a quote from the Buddah (“Doubt Everything. Find Your Own Light.”), this newest reincarnation of “Ryan minus Adams dot com” includes an abstract Cardinals logo, and prominent links to the Humane Society, Tibet.org, and the official site of Ram Daas.

In the upper right corner is a link to a “Personal Statement” where Ryan waxes philosophical about how he’s been working very hard, and hopes that his artistic endeavors speak for him. In addition to that, he reveals the following:

i’ve realized and accepted that if people decide to dislike me, they’re going to find reasons to justify disliking me. there’s nothing i can do about that. that said, it still does pain me to be accused of fictional crimes against innocents or to be implicated in romantic gossip involving the possibly reality-challenged–however unreliable the source or outlandish the accusations. in the end, however, i know that i have never done or even meant anyone any harm.

…which is surely a response to a recent diatribe by perennial crazy-person Courtney Love, where she accuses Ryan of stealing $858,000 from her daughter Francis Bean’s trust fund as a result of charging expenses to the recording of “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” (Funnily enough, in the midst of her crazy rant, Courtney does make a valid point–“Rock ‘n’ Roll” is probably one of Ryan’s worst albums EVER–“Demolition” aside.)

The full counter-rant:

to whom it may concern,

these days i find myself working harder than ever at being at my best, overcoming my fears and pushing myself creatively in my every endeavor. my only wish after the work is completed is that it may prove further evidence that no matter how isolated we all may all feel at times, as sad or misrepresented, we are not alone. there’s hope for and within each of us.

I’ve been dealing with the truth that i have at times been a bad example and/or glorified self destructive behavior. this was never intentional, but rather a consequence of leading a public life in plain sight and never expecting any sort of preferential treatment, isolation or protection.

Regardless of varied judgments as to my cultural relevance, i am thankfully alive and exercising my joy in creating. i only hope anyone who hears, reads or sees any of my contributions will permit the work to speak where i cannot.

i’ve realized and accepted that if people decide to dislike me, they’re going to find reasons to justify disliking me. there’s nothing i can do about that. that said, it still does pain me to be accused of fictional crimes against innocents or to be implicated in romantic gossip involving the possibly reality-challenged–however unreliable the source or outlandish the accusations. in the end, however, i know that i have never done or even meant anyone any harm.

anyway, the lives of public figures are so much more boring than anyone can imagine. honestly.

and also i like metal. A LOT. (even more than last time).

Author: laura

I run The Modern Age.org

3 thoughts on “Ryan Adams: Spiritualized, and Talking Back to Courtney Love”

  1. I realize I am in the minority, but I love ‘Rockn’Roll,’ rarely a week goes by I don’t play it, and I am not the only person who feels that way, even if we aren’t the majority.
    Those songs are stuck in my head, and the fact that it’s not his best album only means he’s put out tons of amazing songs, allowing people to be snobby about these.

  2. Holy crap, Lou. I can’t believe you play Rock ‘n’ Roll EVERY WEEK. You are truly a masochist. You know I love Ry Ry, but man, I cannot listen to that album.

  3. When I first got the Rock N Roll record I hated it. But I forced myself to listen to it. So Alive was always great…But now I really like Boys and Anybody Wanna Take me Home too.
    But seriously, Frances Beans Money? WTF…

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