Laura Nyro

Beneath the Undertow

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Laura Nyro (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997).

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

* * *

There’s hardly a stranger case in the rock era than Laura Nyro’s. There have been many performers who said they were going to make their statement, collect their money and get out before they were thrown out, but Nyro really did it. She didn’t quit for a few years and then stage a big, media-sweeping comeback. She didn’t wait until she’d lost her following or her record deal and then head for the hills. She was really hot, and then she really stopped. She’s pop music’s J.D. Salinger. (Bill Flanagan, Musician Magazine)

There is a confessional…

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