knapplc wrote:You have to wonder how "good" a guy can remain after 30 years of endorsing the counterculture, only to see your audience keep lapping up the schlock the "regular" culture feeds them over and over.
The guy played to packed houses, to people who allegedly endorsed his ideas and ideals, yet nothing changed over the course of his career. The Man stayed in power, gained more power, and the people listening to Carlin tell them how much of a joke The Machine is kept fueling the machine. After a while, even the most staunch advocate of counterculture has to get cynical, you know?
The funeral, and a glimpse of the other side of George Carlin...
Monday, June 30, 2008 Bill Maher and Garry Shandling honour George Carlin at service John Rogers, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - He was the comedian who actually said the seven words you can never say on television, but close friends and family members remembered George Carlin as a man who, when he was off stage, had only a kind word for everyone he met.
At a private memorial service Sunday attended by some 150 people - "That was as small as we could keep it," chuckled Carlin's daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall - her father was memorialized by comedians Bill Maher, Garry Shandling and others as someone who had no enemies, in part because he was nice to everyone he spoke to.
"What everyone said tonight is if you spent time with my father, whether it was five seconds or five hours, he was kind, attentive, very connected to you, compassionate," said Carlin's daughter.
Among those who spoke at the service, which was closed to the public and news media, was Shandling, who told of being a teenage college student when he sought out Carlin nearly 40 years ago.
"My dad read his material and encouraged him to continue on, which was a life-changing moment in Gary's life," McCall said after the service.
Overall, Carlin's daughter said, the service was a happy event, one presided over in part by her father himself, who spoke from a montage of video clips assembled from his 51-year career.