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Re: “Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticity

Part of the problem with most discussions of appropriation is there is little acknowledgement of cultural assimilation yet almost always 100% concentration on appropriation. In some cases what is being called appropriation is indeed NOT "appropriation" but it's "assimilation".

There are many modern artists I could highlight my name, but will go back to the 1950s and use a better example..
Pat Boone - A well-fed, middle class, white guy that never knew hard times, poverty, and no real exposure to black music, yet started covering black artist songs...

THAT'S APPROPRIATION.
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Then on the other hand there's Elvis - he knew not only poverty but *extreme* poverty, humble beginnings surrounded by honest exposure to not only hillbilly music but blues and white and black gospel music, going all the way back to his early childhood. As James Brown, Little Richard and BB King all pointed out in interviews over the years "Elvis came by way of that music just as authentically as we did".
Plus he always gave credit to black artists for their influence the same as he gave credit to the white country and pop artists he also admired.
R&B Queen Ruth Brown.. "Elvis did everything the right way, gave respect in his interviews and was a legitimate white artist doing the blues and R&B. He was helping us break down racial barriers"

Little Richard - "Elvis was real. And I thank God for Elvis Presley. He was an integrator"

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You see,
Huge difference between the two artists (Pat Boone and Elvis) and it's important people understand the difference, as well as respect the words of our great black legends from the past when having these conversations.


Naming Elvis in these conversations all the time has become almost sport, even though it's inaccurate sloppy history to put him in the same conversation with other appropriators. Yet many modern bloggers and writers do so as if they think they're dropping some knowledge.

All this does is ruins the writers credibility.

Even Chuck D from Public Enemy has long repudiated his anti-Elvis stance that "Elvis was just another cultural thief" to now having "great respect for Elvis" after years ago he started listening to greats like BB King, James Brown, Little Richard, Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner... and other greats that knew Elvis personally and they lived that era.

We modern folks living in the new millennium DON'T know more abouy Elvis than the greats from that original era and we need to just accept that and get over our arrogance of trying to pretend we do, by incorrectly labeling Elvis.

If you want to write something that has some punch and is a little unique, be like the writer of the article link below... or members of the R&B community the last few years who have started praising Elvis with newfound respect after researching him better.

There were many appropriators, but Elvis wasn't the one. Many people in modern times have done the research and have admitted they were wrong about Elvis. I submit the bottom link for your reading. I'm most sure it will be an eye opener as it is to many people, and rest assured while you're reading and have an Internet connection you can start to research any of the info given and will find it all checks out.

Appropriation is an important conversation to have, granted, but if we started indicting the wrong people for crimes of appropriation that they're not guilty of, then can't be taken serious with the rest of the conversation.

I mean, is there anyone that really would argue with BB King or James Brown, about whether or not Elvis was an appropriator, if they could go back in time and talk with those guys?
Please. We all know the answer to that.

Even Beyonce and also hiphop artist 50 Cent in recent years have had Elvis' back and tried to school people that disrespected Elvis memory as anything but legitimate.

This article below discusses not only the ongoing belief by many in the modern era that Elvis was some sort of racist, but pertinent to the discussion of "appropriation" it also addresses many conversations from soul, R&B and blues artists that have defended Elvis against claims of appropriation.

Time to get on board the the truth train.

Enjoy the read.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-undeniable-truth-about-elvis-presley-racism-and-american-music-history

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Posted by soulman on 02/16/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “KCMJ's big flip to FM

I was just thinking about how nice a radio station like this would be. I drive a good bit for work and, despite disagreeing with the politics, I listen to a lot of right-wing talk shows. There are a ton- Mike Savage, Rush, Joe Skaggs, Mark Levine, Hannity, Glenn Beck- it's awful!!!

Good news glad to hear it! I'd think, seeing as the scope is limited to our area- a weekly show be dedicated to the politics of the PPR- featuring council members, the mayor, former leaders, etc.

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Posted by KyleJS on 02/02/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “KCMJ's big flip to FM

I know 100 Watts is not much but you really need to get your broadcast up into the hills.

Posted by Estaven Shepard on 01/29/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “KCMJ's big flip to FM

I'm one of the co-hosts of the Switchbacks-focussed show that you mentioned (Back Chat Show); so first of all, thanks for the shout out!

The KCMJ switch flip to FM will form a community party that is being held at the Stargazers theatre tomorrow evening (Friday 29th) starting at 6:30pm. All are welcome to this free event, where they'll be live music, food, drink and, of course, the flipping of the big switch! I encourage folks that are interested (and have a Facebook account) to check out the invite and RSVP riiiiight here! > https://www.facebook.com/events/1675767796…

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Posted by Melchett on 01/28/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “KCMJ's big flip to FM

Ralph Nader? He has been irrelevant since the 1960s when he bitched about how cars handled when their tires were grossly over inflated.

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Posted by Odin on 01/28/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “KCMJ's big flip to FM

Well... Stargazers isn't really a geodesic dome. Also, the 100 Watts refers to the peak envelope power of the radio transmission (system output), not the actual power draw on the AC outlet (system input) which will be a good bit more than 100 Watts. With 100 Watts of output power, I talk to places in Europe.

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Posted by Radio guy on 01/27/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Ghetto Camp Entertainment deploy their homespun hip-hop

DSlim is Awesome!!! The group is savage!! Y'all go get that money!!!

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Posted by Lashae Hawkins on 01/16/2016 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Head Huntress

Damn! Jill is badass! 💯❤️

Posted by Anna Love Falkenberg on 12/29/2015 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Annette Conlon comes home for the holidays

I remember the sick days, glad Annette is still with us to bring us Joy!

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Posted by Alex Causey on 12/23/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Denver musicians remember Kurt Cobain

Where is that mural in the above posted photo?

Posted by kellysavanna44@yahoo.com on 12/05/2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Lawdy, Mr. Lloyd

Scintillating, Bill.

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Posted by Jonny Quest on 11/06/2015 at 8:30 AM

Re: “In a silenced way

Except for one, I strongly second and enthusiastically support all the comments of previous posters. We local and online jazz lovers were incredibly privileged to have had Lenny Mazel on the air playing and teaching us about jazz for so many, but not enough, years. The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society's 2nd Sunday Jazz Affair, this Sunday, 11/8/2015, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, will be a Remembrance of and Tribute to Lenny. Members ($5) and non-members ($10) are invited and encouraged to attend. It is held at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd (corner of Union St. and Fountain Blvd.) I hope to see you there. Bob Thompson

Posted by bebopbob on 11/04/2015 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Bovine death hormone

I truly don't understand how Forman continues to run a music section that purposefully neglects the local music scene in all its variety. The Indy is not The Rolling Stone.

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Posted by Jonny Quest on 10/30/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Bovine death hormone

Fascinating.

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Posted by Jonny Quest on 10/28/2015 at 8:34 AM

Re: “In a silenced way

Interesting to watch KCME struggle through fund drives seven years after abandoning some of the finest jazz programming in the country. The man behind the music is gone for good from KCME and all of us.

KCME wants to be a cultural leader in the region, yet jazz is far more an American cultural icon than European classical music. Maybe it's time to rethink the issue and bring it back.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 10/23/2015 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Louder than words

Jazz is far beyond the "potential" stage. Jazz is firmly established as America's "classical" music. Modern Jazz is far more interesting than modern experimental "classical" music. On the other hand, Rock and Roll is a younger cousin to Jazz. Both styles spring from the same roots and the best progressive Rock and Roll starts to sound like Jazz. In the future, Rock may come to be considered just another Jazz style, like Dixieland, Bebop, etc.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/29/2015 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Louder than words

Instrumental jazz's potential is far greater than than that of instrumental rock. IF you get bored with rock and rap, come out and see some jazz here in the Springs.

Motif: http://motifwest.com/?page_id=15
Big Band Jazz: : http://coloradosprings.jazznearyou.com/eve…
Various: http://coloradosprings.jazznearyou.com/

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Posted by Jonny Quest on 09/29/2015 at 6:22 PM

Re: “O rocker, where art thou?

Maybe next a column complaining about duck face poses?

One decent thing to come out of this trend is that some have discovered great artists as they jumped on the bandwagon and turned their backs on Slash's solo. Norman Blake won a Grammy™ for his work on O' Brother Where Art Thou? He certainly deserved it. But what's better is the amount of newcomers that are checking out his new album, Wood, Wire & Words. Bandwagons are very much annoying. And there are musical consequences for sure, as this column points out. However at the end of the day, a forgotten and ignored by the masses genre of music has been rediscovered. It will morph eventually. Maybe the world is now ready for RapGrass. Shit... now I want to shower after typing that.

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Posted by Jah Dave on 09/16/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The fightin' side of Merle Haggard

Lucky that MH still performs for us!

Posted by anonymousD on 09/02/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Let Kanye be your guidance counselor

great report, Bill. It's so hard to find anything about Kanye West in the news.

Posted by Jonny Quest on 08/28/2015 at 11:24 AM

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