3825Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: New book: In Search of the Blues by Marybeth Hamilton
- Feb 14 8:08 AMOne could scarcely write a more damning parody of a bio without
maximum effort! Too funny.
I am trying to keep an open mind on this book and author but its
starting to get hard to do so.
> Here is some more from Caspar Llewellyn Smith's review of her book in
> the Observer:
> "The author spent her teenage years in San Diego and was a fan of
> prototype punks the New York Dolls. She came to the blues through the
> writings of critic Greil Marcus, in whose seminal Mystery Train,
> Robert Johnson was fancifully identified as rock'n'roll's progenitor.
> It took Hamilton 15 years to get around to listening to Johnson's
> recordings - and he only ever did commit 29 songs to vinyl, before
> his death at the probable age of 27 in 1938…When the author did
> listen, she confesses: 'I heard very little, just a guitar, a keening
> vocal and a lot of surface noise' and certainly not the tale of
> existential anguish that others identified."
> There's that word "seminal" again. I trust that no-one else out there
> listening to Robert Johnson hears "just a guitar, a keening vocal and
> a lot of surface noise"?
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