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Re: “How My Childhood Love of Elvis Taught Me to Question Authority and Cherish the Blues

The word "appropriation" in this article is used in a negative sense, leading one to think that singers such as Elvis Presley were stealing music they performed. This reminded me of a youtube video playing Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" back to back with Elvis' version and stating that "Elvis stoled the song." Actually the song writers, Leiber and Stoller, made much more money from Elvis' version than they did from Big Mama's.

If anything, Elvis' versions of songs from earlier records made many more music buyers aware of artists like Big Mama -- and, for example, Arthur Crudup, Roy Brown and Junior Parker -- I bought records by all of these great artists because Elvis' recordings brought those artists to my attention. Otherwise, it's likely that I would never have heard of them.

I'm sure that it wasn't intentional, but if there's any stealing going on, it's by Indy columnist Allison Hussey who didn't think about the implications of her indicating that her "guitar teacher Max Drake" gave her "a CD-R of Thornton's 'Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings.' " Burning a CD-R actually eliminates any chance a recording artist (estate or owner) has of collecting any artist royalties from their work.

When introduced to other artists like "Memphis Minnie and other lesser-sung heroes," hopefully that wasn't via "artist royalty free" CD-R's as well.

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Posted by M. R. Wilcoxen on 01/11/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “How My Childhood Love of Elvis Taught Me to Question Authority and Cherish the Blues

FYI, the version of Hound Dog that Elvis recorded had different lyrics. They had been changed by Freddie Bell (and the Bellboys). Elvis asked Freddie for permission to record his version and that's what he did. Elvis learned of this version when he was in Las Vegas performing at the New Frontier in spring 1956. Freddie Bell was performing in the Sands lounge, which was across the street. It was Elvis' back up band that discovered this version and told Elvis about it. Elvis did know of Mama Thornton's version. The best example of singing both versions was his performance of the song on the Milton Berle show. I suggest listening to Freddie's version first, then check out the Berle version.

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Posted by Susan Lucky Jackson on 01/05/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “From Record Stores to Music Festivals and HB 2, Triangle Music Grappled with Growth This Year

Great list, but not much local hip-hop! I'd throw out Izz the Unknown, who's been making the rounds in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. Plus, looks like he's got recent collabos with Raleigh producer Sadvillain. https://soundcloud.com/izztheunknown

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Posted by JUN1U5 on 01/03/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Makers’ Mark: Ten Triangle Records that Turned Ten This Year

The Never. Haven't thought about them in ever. That song "The Astronaut" from their first record is a power pop opus.

Posted by Geoff Dunkak on 12/21/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The struggle: Through trial and travail, newscaster and singer Pam Saulsby enters a second act

Pam I'm so glad you are back on the air. Thanks for being so very honest with your struggles in this article. I missed that smile and happiness you brought to the broadcast. Congratulations on what you are now doing with this chapter in your life.

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Posted by Brenda Quick on 12/12/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Oak City Slums and ZenSoFly Are Twin Engines Ramping Up Raleigh’s Bass Music

I've had nothing but positive experiences working with Slums, his music always seemed to me more club ready where raund haus tends to be more experimental, but one is a solo artist and one is a showcase, so that's more the reason for the confusion.

Posted by Daniel Stark on 12/07/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Oak City Slums and ZenSoFly Are Twin Engines Ramping Up Raleigh’s Bass Music

That entire conversation only circulated among the beat community and a few others who chimed in. Then, it was deleted. The point of bringing it back to life is to inform the larger community about what happened among a very prominent community of musicians. Also, the fact you're expressing some level of sensitivity toward my making a judgment about Slums' being "ahead" of whomever, may indicate that there is still some lingering "attitude" about the whole issue.

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Posted by Eric Tullis on 12/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Oak City Slums and ZenSoFly Are Twin Engines Ramping Up Raleigh’s Bass Music

Slums' comments on sexism in the industry are something of a dead horse at this point, not sure what the point of bringing it back to life is... also raund haus is a crew of musicians with different performers for every show, usually they don't sound anything like Slums so saying he's "ahead" of them misses the point. but for sure a great performer with big things ahead

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Posted by Daniel Stark on 12/07/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.

Posted by jcd on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

Gerald & the team on 'Piedmont Blues' spent a great deal of time with living, though elderly, Piedmont blues musicians. Duke Performances, working with Music Makers, has presented many of these artists over the past decade. After considerable conversation & consideration it was our conclusion that none of those musicians was nimble enough to effectively participate in this project. To be clear, Clayton's 'Piedmont Blues' is a synthetic project that attempts to honor the elders while making a presentation that bristles with a contemporary energy; only the audience will be able to determine whether this approach works.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 11/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

I would be curious to know why living Piedmont Blues legends are not involved in the actual performance when they are still alive and extremely capable at their craft, why this is not a performance collaboration.

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Posted by caab on 11/30/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Starfucker's "German Love"

I always thought German Love was his pet name for her: "German Love, I will give it to you."

Posted by AstToTheRgnlMgr on 11/12/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

yes! if but for just 'idiot wind'

Posted by lizzy on 11/04/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

But should he really accept this Swedish prize ? After all Alfred Nobel was a major Swedish weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and inventor of projectiles, smokefree gunpowder and, of course dynamite. Still today the Nobel Prize Group is sponsored by the weapons industry in direct connection to Alfred Nobes own war industry: http://saab.com/region/singapore/about-saab/stories/saab-singapore-stories/2015/saab-supports-the-nobel-prize-series-in-singapore/

Listen to Masters of War !

BTW this devastating Nobel project must be stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpigW2zkZKA

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Posted by Bo Lagerqvist on 11/04/2016 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

"No" would have been more accurate and succinct.

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Posted by raleighispcool on 11/02/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Interview: Scott Avett Talks The Avett Brothers' True Sadness, Not Becoming a Farmer, And Not Making a Statement on HB 2

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Posted by Jerry Meek on 10/20/2016 at 1:07 AM

Re: “For Thirty Years, Cult Hero Syd Straw Has Stood Strong on the Cusp of Fame

I saw her in Kansas City, years ago, her voice, stage presence, the show was mystical. Surprise should be reissued, along with a intimate tour.

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Posted by David Cote on 10/16/2016 at 4:32 AM

Re: “Only one original member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops remains, but the group's mission spreads

Why is that even a conversation?i wonder the intent in highlighting the 2 comments when there were probably many more.In this case maybe all should look within to examine intent.

Posted by Julia Elizabeth Kneece Gregg on 10/09/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I am a Cohn Bros. fan whatever the subject and I thought the movie was great. I agree with Stewart this music seems mislabeled as "bluegrass". OTOH I am grateful for the music and the article. More please.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 09/29/2016 at 8:15 AM

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