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Friday, June 03, 2005

my old abstract

The Organization of Dissent for Profit within Music low distinction*

Abstract: at the moment… I feel like I have jumped of the back of a passing ship in the night, and I’m struggling to stay afloat in the oily sloppy wetness of the ocean, like swimming around in a silicone implant if you’re the size of a molecule.
The topic is so big and large,
I’m not actually sure that I am asking the right question. Is there a right question?
I have to remember that music has always been a way for the underclass to become big and
famous, perhaps the only way. And if you’re poor, then you’re angry about the position that you’re in and want to tell everyone about it, and when you get some money, you lose something that you used to identify yourself (poverty) and then what can you sing about? What a dilemma, money or authenticity.

At the moment I’m looking at:
Eminem vs. Insane Clown Posse
Vs. Pet Shop Boys
Vs Mariah Carey

The Beatles vs. Bob Dylan
Vs Rolling Stones
System of a Down

The Clash
Janes Addiction
Marilyn Manson

The rappers write about how they’ve achieved their dreams, cars, women, fame, but the cars in their videos they don’t actually own. And they’re always getting charged with rape and child pornography and stuff.

The Beatles ended up writing three albums of songs about drugs, as so many other artists did from that time (Bob Dylan), and they pretended to be middle class when actually they were all pretty much working class (in contrast the Rolling Stones were middle class economics students who acted like they were from the wrong side of the tracks)

What I’m thinking about at the moment is how musicians work off each other to write songs, whether they’re having a fight or they’re just inspired by each other.

Non Sequiters

“The bodywork on John Lennon's Rolls Royce car was painted by a dutch psychedelic art group called the Fool. This outraged one old woman in central London who attacked it with her umbrella, shouting: "You swine, you swine! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce!"

The artist Andy Warhol, who was rising to public awareness around the time of Aldous Huxley's terminal illness, is quoted by many sources as having said: "A lady friend of mine asked me. ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.”


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