Lana Del Rey has been opening up about the backlash that greeted her sudden rise to fame. The release of her Born To Die album was accompanied by an inordinate amount of abuse and suspicion, in marked contrast to the lavish praise that greeted her worldwide smash, Video Games.
"What's scary is when you have your focus on being a writer for 10 years, and after that people decide they don't like you," she told Music Rooms. "That's off-putting, because when you've put all your work into crafting words and melodies, and then people start just thinking about you and judging you as a person that's a little off-putting. But the rest of it isn't scary, it's just sort of different."
Part of the problem is that Del Rey is caught between the pop mainstream and the alternative, literate culture. She aspires to be taken seriously, citing iconic US poets Walt Whitman and Allan Ginsberg as influences. "I do enjoy reading," she said. "I read the same things over and over again. Both of those writers are like my first and last inspirations, the first people I saw that made their words really electric and come alive off the page, really visual writers."
She dropped her little of her film noir cool to appear at the mudfest that was the Isle of Wight Festival. Playing in the Big Top tent, she was in fine form and impressive voice, and knew it, greeting a perfect rendition of Video Games with a heartfelt "F**ck yes, that was so good."