". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, May 15, 2009

"Stand By Me"

One of the best versions you'll ever see and hear of the classic made popular by the Drifters' Ben E. King.

This cover of "Stand By Me" was recorded by completely unknown artists in a street virtual studio around the world. It all started with a base track-vocals and guitar-recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician named Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Elliot, a blind singer from the French Quarter, added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley's base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz added some metal percussion to it. From there, the producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals that were assembled in the final version you are seeing in this video. This was all done with a simple laptop and some microphones.

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