- Jul 10 5:32 AMThanks, Tommers. I think this is a great article, and reckon we
should all do what we can to contribute to the author's
proposed "Stuffed Owl" anthology of Bixing. For those with a taste
for this sort of thing, I would recommend Rebels & Martyrs, the show
that is currently on at the National Gallery here in London. It
consists of paintings (many of them unintentionally hilarious)
depicting the artist as tortured and misunderstood genius.
The long-treasured, but unhelpful, notion, derived from 19th century
Romanticism, of the jazzman (or woman) as a romantic, alienated
outsider driven to early death by an uncomprehending public and an
indifferent society is long overdue for the dustbin of history. I
utterly applaud Howard when he writes: "These myths can only
ultimately demean the memory of those about whom they are told."
I'm pleased also to read the author's defence of Tommy Rockwell.
Jeffrey Magee, in his fine book on Fletcher Henderson, does a similar
job for Jack Kapp, contrasting him briefly with the more "acceptable"
figure of John Hammond, later to become the patron both of Bob Dylan
and, I think, Joan Baez, who appears to have been universally
disliked by the Henderson rank-and-file.
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