Earlier this month, on June 18, I took part in a multi-artist extravaganza at the City Winery to honor the 40th Anniversary of the Nuggets album, originally a 2-LP set on Elektra Records (expanded into a 4-CD boxed set by Rhino in 1998). The great Lenny Kaye compiled the original album, and hosted the show at the Winery. The Nuggets album changed rock music and popular culture for the better. Lenny rescued a particular strain of raw and vital rock music from the scrap heap of history and made it timeless and immortal. Of course the music speaks for itself and I feel bad for anyone who doesn't feel more alive—and glad to be alive—when they hear "You're Gonna Miss Me" by The 13th Floor Elevators, "Liar Liar" by The Castaways and others.