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Happy Birthday, John Lee Hooker.
Posted: Mon Aug 24 00:55:50 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  In highschool, all my friends had posters of metal bands in the locker, or notes from their crush, or some supermodel or some shit.

In my locker, the only thing I ever hung up was the inside-spread of Rolling Stone the month after John Lee Hooker died.

Growing up around Detroit, you forget that the blues even hung around town if you pay too much attention to any old trend that catches momentary fire. Music and culture in Detroit moved fast, and each gimmick was flimsier and shorter-lived than the last. People mostly didn't know what they wanted in their music or their culture, so they latched onto fleeting things in hope that some newer, fresher fad would come along, no real attachment to that which came before it, and keep them socially afloat.

If you really stopped and paid attention, though, you knew that there was a backbone that stayed simple and hadn't changed since John Lee Hooker took a job at a Ford Motor plant downtown. Minimalist music and culture that embraced the rust belt and the grit and the grime of Detroit. Garage and Grunge Blues instead of Shoulderpads and Soul Train. It was always there, but because it prided itself on constancy and honesty, it either didn't make the press or it became held as relic.

Either way, it's not so bad. The music itself is legendary, I don't know if anybody who listens to it in private would debate. I kept the poster in my locker but I went to pop-punk shows with my friends. At parties I'd listen to whatever was popular, and in my car I'd listen to John Lee Hooker on cassette.

There's nothing wrong with something being relegated to nostalgia, if nostalgia was what it was born to instill. I guess that's what I'm trying to say.

Happy Birthday, John Lee Hooker

Jack O' Diamonds (1949 Recordings): O'Diamonds - 1949

Posted: Mon Aug 24 00:57:40 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  CriminalSaint said:

>Jack O' Diamonds (1949 Recordings): O'Diamonds - 1949'

ifihadahif Posted: Mon Aug 24 05:43:29 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  There is nothing nostalgic about the blues Crim.
The blues is always there, not always on top, but they are always there.

Ahriman Posted: Mon Aug 24 19:07:10 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  


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