Preface
​“Arthur​wrote​classical​music,​avant-garde​dance​music,​rock​
and​roll,​R&B,​and​sometimes​country,​too,”​Steve​D’Acquisto​
declared​ in​ between​ spoonfuls​ of​ soup​ as​ he​ gave​ me​ the​
lowdown​on​Arthur​Russell​during​a​late-lunch​interview​in​
May​1998.​“How​can​I​explain​it?​He​was​like​Picasso.​He​
was​a​fantastic​artist.”​A​pioneering​DJ​who​had​worked​as​a​
coproducer​with​Russell,​D’Acquisto​delivered​his​overview​
with​the​fervid​surety​of​an​evangelist.​“Arthur​was​one​of​
the​ great​ songwriters​ of​ the​ twentieth​ century.​ I​ put​ him​
up​there​with​Rogers​and​Hart,​with​Cole​Porter.​He​had​a​
whole​new​way​of​talking,​a​whole​new​way​of​saying​things.”​
At​that​point​D’Acquisto​started​to​sing​“Tell​You​(Today),”​a​
song​he​recorded​with​Russell​in​the​early​1980s.
Walking​down​the​street
I​knew​it​was​my​chance
My​chance​today
New​shoes​on​my​feet
I​thought​that​they​could​dance
Dance​away
It​makes​me​come​alive
I​remember​the​look​of​sadness​on​your​face
But​that​was​before
I​want​to​tell​you​today.
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