Category Archives: General Happening

purple city

City cut down the enormous dead tree. No more imaginary crashes into the house during storms. Next day two big couches dumped in the night, so much for imaginary fear. Used to be offers from different recording studios for free but I no longer recall and now I have a use for them, trick or treat. Old high school people dying others I never saw since grade 8 but see Facebook photos, sometimes turn into grandparents.
 
The first band, Jim Clark, John Deamel and Danny Row drumming in his basement and Kurt Winters of the actual Guess Who upstairs playing poker with Danny’s father. Being this close to such a famous person is too much to handle at 13. They’re drinkers I don’t understand drinkers. Don’t know anything yet about addiction or voices in the head, endless tape loops and self medicating. At 13 it is just Johnny B. Goode every time all the time.

 

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re: blank tape levy

I get paid from it so f-you and your spread the money left wing bshit. Easy for you to say.

re: blank tape levy

I know who you talk about, he now has a studio from other peoples’ money. He did get a raise by getting artists to criticize government instead of the corporations he served. He’s the usual music industry example.

re: blank tape levy

Since Avla they collect it but I feel stupid about it, I agree with you, it’s like hush money and calculated with secret “formula” at least that is how they answer the question when asked. The formula is to pay the bulk of the money to the richest artists.

literature

Been wondering if there is a literature out there about music altering power, stories in history, then or now, where musical works did something to power structures like governments or other. Like the stories people sent me last month about Leadbelly getting out of jail after writing music about the governor. Like Stevie Wonder writing MLK birthday song and eventually a holiday was established. Like Pussy Riot waking up Russia about it’s totalitarianism run amok. Are there writers or thinkers associated with this? Christopher Smalls maybe? Others?