News about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is everywhere, and after a personal reflection of his greatest moments, I came to find a link between my endeavours as a music journalist and his iconic acting career.
For me, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s most memorable role is that of enigmatic journalist Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. He’s the mustached guru on the end of the line for upstart music journalist Cameron Crowe imparting kind, wise words to ease Crowe’s transition from uncool teenager to seasoned professional.
It’s one of these pearls of wisdom that led me to this serendipitous reflection between Hoffman and music journalism: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”
Geeking out about anything is uncool, but geeking out is unique in its ability to explore and communicate passions to wider audiences. Without maddened groupies we wouldn’t have autobiographies, without music lovers we wouldn’t have anyone to write about the industry and all its fan-dangled and glorious weirdness.
Hoffman’s sincere portrayal as one of the most revered music journalists of the time has given me a sweet respect for sharing the passions of others as well as the cross-pollination devotion we share towards songs, bands, artistry and observations.
It is with this in mind that I’ve decided to share a song this Monday with one pure focus – celebrating us all working hard for what we love. So in thinking about life and love, and a humble tribute to Mr Hoffman, enjoy the psychedelic sounds of Odawas.