i met boris johnson several times around the same period, four times in a year i think, for various reasons. i asked him why his party had just voted for shrooms to be illegal. he seemed like a buffoon even then, i called him a teddy bear, i asked him why the badgers were paying such high taxes on bacon, I treated him with the right level of respect
The full story is the wife and I are friends with Alan Licht and Angela Jaeger, and Alan has played with Lee in various groups. We went to see them in their group Text of Light do a performance at the old Whitney, and the six of us went to dinner at Odeon afterwards (Lee and Leah live close by). So, like, two degrees of separation.
Now that the tall one from Sonic Youth has moved to Stokey every person I know has a story about meeting him in a pub and chatting to him for hours over a few pints - what I'm saying is that the mystique of SY has gone and noone cares anymore.