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Thread #162706 Message #3874633
Posted By: Will Fly
01-Sep-17 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: Stephen Calt's biography of Skip James
Subject: RE: Stephen Calf's biography of Skip James
"You know all blues men are liars except you and me, and sometimes I ain't so sure about you".
Reminds me of the old northern saying, "All the world's queer, save thee and me - and I'm none so sure about thee."
I do think that biographers should start at least with a basic sympathy for the person whose life they're describing. There may be discreditable aspects to a person, but there's a big difference between showing all sides of someone fairly and doing a hatchet job.
I recall buying Albert Grossman's book "Elvis" - which was full of sneers and jibes - and thinking, "Why did you bother?"