". . . 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

Saturday, May 8, 2010

'Fess Longhair

Joel Selvin has some rare early NO recordings, including the first ones on LP by Professor Longhair from the end of the 1940's.  He copied them for V. when he was there last week and we've been listening.

It's been a while since hearing recorded music with all those other little sounds of needle playback.  God this stuff is wonderful!  Some of it bonkers too like the one in which Fess is going on and on about the qqqqboooooooono.  You just crack-up.  But if anyone ever still wonders about the truth to the close and constant loop between New Orleans and Havana in those decades, it's all over these recordings.


I cannot hate the naturalized Pakistani fellow like I hate them.  They have done more damage to our nation than he ever dreamed of getting away with.  In fact THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM TOO.  As well as himself of course.  He sure has the profile of a lost loser with no center.


K. said...

I haven't heard Joel Selvin's name in a long time. Did he write about music for one of the San Francisco papers back in the 80s? There was also a woman there named Gina Arnold who I thought was one of the best music writers I'd ever read.

Foxessa said...

Joel was the music writer for the SF Chronicle for 40 years, starting when he wasn't 20, at the start of the flower power daze. His music and book collection is vast and it is ordered and it is pristine. He received EVERYTHING. As well as the posters.

He took an early retirement buyout and is now writing books as himself and also as 'written with,' as with the latest project which is with Sammy Hagar. He makes $hitloads of moola.

He's a terrific friend.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

We're still listening to these Longhair earlies.

Wow. Just wow. This was also the golden age of the bass. I just love these cuts.

Love, C.