PRINT May 1997


Run On

Rock ’n’ roll has never been particularly kind about the aging process. Just ask Roger Daltrey, who’s still around to curse Pete Townshend for making him sing that “hope I die before I get old” line thirty years ago. Or check out Lou Reed in leather pants and ask yourself if there’s any dignity in that. Thirty-something Sue Garner of NYC’s RUN ON sings in a wizened, unaffected voice that seems comfortably primed for those pitfalls. It’s a voice that acknowledges time past without denying the present, refusing the future, or trying to re-create past glories.

In a way, Garner has no choice: none of her former bands (Last Roundup, Fish & Roses, the Shams, and Six Layer Cake) had much of an impact outside the 212 area code. But, together with her husband Rick Brown, on drums, downtown feedback specialist Alan Licht, and Katie Gentile, on organ and violin, they choose to make music that doesn’t

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