allaboutgeorge + blues   10

High on the Stones by Dan Chiasson | The New York Review of Books
I am not making an original point, but it cannot be reiterated enough: the experience of making and taking in culture is now, for the first time in human history, a condition of almost paralyzing overabundance. For millennia it was a condition of scarcity; and all the ways we regard things we want but cannot have, in those faraway days, stood between people and the art or music they needed to have: yearning, craving, imagining the absent object so fully that when the real thing appears in your hands, it almost doesn’t match up. Nobody will ever again experience what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger experienced in Dartford, scrounging for blues records. The Rolling Stones do not happen in any other context: they were a band based on craving, impersonation, tribute: white guys from England who worshiped black blues and later, to a lesser extent, country, reggae, disco, and rap.
culture  culturalstudies  memoir  writing  nonfiction  books  music  rock  blues  youtube  social 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Cross Roads Blues - a novelette by Paul McAuley
he first time Turner heard Robert Johnson play was to a vast crowd in Washington, D.C., December 5th 1945, the night the desegregation bill went through, and just three weeks before Johnson was assassinated. The second time was on what was supposed to be a routine archive trip, June 3rd 1937, a jook joint just outside the little Mississippi town of Tallula, and it was something else.
sciencefiction  scifi  blues  music  fiction 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Obituary: Hiram Bullock | Music | The Guardian
"He essentially came from a blues, funk and rock corner, and it was his ability to bring this attack to a jazz context that always seemed to be the defining factor. It was this that endeared him to artists like Gil, for instance. Although he played on countless sessions, he was a great live performer, and this is where he stood out, whether with Sanborn, Bley or Gil Evans."
music  1980s  jazz  blues  rock  obituaries 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: John L Walters meets jazz singer Dianne Reeves | Jazz and blues | Music
"Your voice is not your instrument. Your voice is the character that you build, your innermost feelings, the things that you want to say, and your instrument is the vehicle that you use to carry the message."
music  identity  creativity  songwriting  jazz  blues 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Real Chicago Blues, an interview with David Grazian
"The search for authenticity is more often based on what we think places and people ought to be like, instead of what they actually are like."
blues  books  music  society  chicago  illinois  aesthetics  identity  race 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge Arts & Entertainment | "We're bound to each other"
"I'm not writing from a place of progress. I'm not writing a movie that I want people to necessarily intellectualize. And I think that really messes with people who feel that they need to make a statement [...]"
movies  black  race  prisons  blues  music  cinema  identity  fiction  creativity  writing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: We're jammin'
"Then we moved to Belfast. I knew what the west was like, but only through Hollywood. I thought it was going to be white-picket fences, Porsches and blonde women with massive tits, which is far from the truth. Particularly in Belfast."
hollywood  ireland  ukraine  songwriting  blues 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters' Mixtape Confessions: "Black and Blue"
"The whole point of negotiating with music in a live environment is confronting the unexpected, engaging in the delight of something that has never quite happened before and may never happen again."
music  rock  hiphop  blues  aesthetics  race  chicago 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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