The Purple Jump Suit: 35 Years On

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‘It was surprising to see him appear onstage like a grimy Cinderella in a purple stage suit: a spangled bolero jacket, sausage pants with contrasting lacing up the crotch, a green top with a scoop neck that produced what can only be called cleavage. God, you thought, where did he get this thing? Who drugged him, knocked him out, dragged him into a costume store and put this on him and said, well here you are, you look great, Van , you just look terrific.”

Listening to Van, Griel Marcus (2010)