Liz Phair Defends Lana Del Rey

Songwriter speaks out in 'Wall Street Journal' editorial

February 5, 2012 11:03 AM ET
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Liz Phair performs during the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Chicago.
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Liz Phair has certainly inspired us – her 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville, is one of our 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – and now we have inspired her. Rolling Stone reached out to the singer-songwriter/provocateur to share her thoughts on Lana Del Rey, who has been as intensely loved and loathed by fans and media in recent weeks as Phair herself was in the Nineties.

Unfortunately for us, Phair said she wasn't interested in sharing her perspective on Del Rey. But she then penned an op-ed on the subject for the Wall Street Journal. "Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly 'remade' herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic," Phair writes. "I would argue that the uncomfortable feelings she elicits are simply the by-product of watching a woman wanting and taking like a man."

We would have loved to run this piece, but, instead, we'll settle for recommending it.

Read Liz Phair's full Lana Del Rey op-ed.

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