Is Charlie Musselwhite a sellout?

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Is Charlie Musselwhite a sellout?

Post  pinhedz on Tue May 03, 2011 2:26 am

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Shocked



John McLaughlin

A "sellout...?" Geez, I think I haven't heard those words in 30 years....


pinhedz

Is that a yes?


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John McLaughlin

pinhedz wrote:Is that a yes?
Is that a nonsense question to ask?


pinhedz

If you can't answer the question, that's OK.


Head Wankee

Moi? Not answer the question? Be still, child....

The idea that one would apply the term "sellout" to a professional musician died in the first wedding reception with a live band. It's a Romantic conception of artists dying - starving to death - for the purity of their art. It has no place in the blues/ juke joint/ funeral procession traditions, at any rate, tho admittedly it may apply to the sonnet and haiku states.

Next.


pinhedz

So it's now OK for real bluesmen to perform with girls who spell their name "Cyndi?" Shocked

What next? Will we allow women named Heather, Chelsea and Britney to play the blues? affraid

Last I heard--this law was still on the books:

Some Blues Names for women: Sadie, Louise, Bessie, and Baby.
Women's names which are NOT Blues names: Heather, Jennifer, Emily, and Alexandra.

Some Blues Names for men: Joe, Willie, Joe Willie, Hank, and Po' Boy.
Men's names which are NOT Blues names: Geoffrey, Damian, and Keith.

Persons with names like Sierra or Sequoia will NOT be permitted to sing the Blues, no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.



pinhedz

John McLaughlin wrote:Moi? Not answer the question? Be still, child....
The idea that one would apply the term "sellout" to a professional musician died in the first wedding reception with a live band. It's a Romantic conception of artists dying - starving to death - for the purity of their art. It has no place in the blues/ juke joint/ funeral procession traditions, at any rate, tho admittedly it may apply to the sonnet and haiku states.

Next.
This seems like a very definitive YES.

It has come out that bluesmen will do anything for money, thus they are natural-born sellouts, but it's just currently unhip to call them that. Right?

What's unhip comes and goes. The pinhed is committed to truth, not hipness. bounce


John McLaughlin

The pinhead may be committed for nuttiness. The law-book of which you speak serves as a door-prop next to the backroom spittoon where Charlie chortles with Cyndi - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," a genuine classic, amuses this entertainer - underlined - who likes making a living, and even, occasionally, a killing. Academic jealousy is inappropriate.


pinhedz

Pinhedz are academic, but not jealous.


pinhedz

I think it was Jerry Jeff Walker who said that performers who fake emotion are like prostitutes. He seemed unaware that prostitutes are not called prostitutes because they fake it, they are called prostitutes because they do it for money--even if they aren't faking--which would make Jerry Jeff as much a prostitute as anyone.

So, if you don't like the term "sellout," should we just call them prostitutes instead? alien

Not that I mean that in a bad way, mind you. drunken


pinhedz

John McLaughlin wrote:the term "sellout" ... has no place in the blues/ juke joint/ funeral procession traditions,
And that's the truth, right there. albino


John McLaughlin

pinhedz wrote:Pinhedz are academic, but not jealous.
Interesting. Where do you teach this subject?


pinhedz

What subject? Sellout studies?

The dictionary defines academic as "not practical, realistic, or directly useful." That could certainly apply to teachers, but it isn't limited to them.


John McLaughlin

Anyone who relies on the dictionary for definitions is certainly no academic.

pinhedz

Then I guess you'll have to take back what you said about my academic jealousy. Razz

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Re: Is Charlie Musselwhite a sellout?

Post  pinhedz on Tue May 03, 2011 8:10 am

I think we established two things on this thread:

1. We all love Cyndi;

2. Bluesmen are natural-born sellouts (in a good way) and prostitutes (also in a good way).

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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 03, 2011 8:20 am

We might not be entirely on the same page on one point--I like Cyndi's blues album.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue May 03, 2011 8:48 am

As the girl in the "Legally Blond" movie would say about singing the blues: "What? Like it's hard?"


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Post  pinhedz on Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:08 pm

Would pitching for Kentucky Fried Chicken be called "selling out?" (not that there's anything wrong with that )



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Post  senorita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:38 pm

What's the frequency Kenneth?


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:16 pm

Charlie Musselwhite's blue. Period.


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